Recent Polaris Prize winner Kaytranada is a frequent dealer of dancefloor edits and he’s come through with two edits that were needed of two of the best tunes of the year – Chance The Rapper’s ‘All Nite’ and Solange’s ‘Cranes In The Sky’. Both available for download too.
Chance the Rapper performed ‘No Problems’ with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz on Ellen, using the backdrop of a “Generic Records” company board meeting, which they promptly tear up the way Chance keeps his career independent and in his own control, as he discusses below with Ellen.
Lil Wayne also referenced the recent US Olympic debacle with the new line “And if that label try to stop me/ I’m goin let ’em rob me / Yeah, right, like Ryan Lochte.”
Coloring Book, Chance’s latest free album has grown to be one of my favourites of 2016.
Chance The Rapper’s original show in the Olympia Theatre is to be rescheduled due to conflicts but the good news is that Chance will now play two shows in the Helix, on Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th November instead.
Current ticket holders will have first choice on exchanging their tickets for either of the new dates. A limited number of extra tickets will subsequently go on general release. Please contact Ticketmaster for any questions (I presume they’ll be in touch with ticketholders direct).
Chance The Rapper is finally coming to Ireland for a headline show. The Chicago rapper comes to Dublin for one night on Friday November 11th for a show at the Olympia Theatre. Tickets are €39.50 + fees on sale Monday from Ticketmaster.ie at 10am.
Chance is one of the best new artists to emerge in recent years. Endorsed by Kanye (and upstaging him on his recent album The Life Of Pablo), Chancelor Bennett has been repping the independent route since appearing with his Acid Rap mixtape. He diverged to bring in his music mates on the Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf album last year and earlier this year, he dropped his free release Coloring Book.
The Dublin date is part of his Magnificent Coloring World Tour. You should get tickets.
Here are a list of my most listened and loved records of 2016 so far with Spotify playlists for overall and Irish albums of the year. Anderson Paak’s soulful album has been on constant, while Bowie left us a legendary parting gift, Bibio turned in a career best work, Kendrick dropped an outtakes album that is better than most regular albums, Radiohead returned with a personal album, Chance the Rapper continues to take over, Christine & The Queens stole our hearts, Rusangano Family made the best Irish rap album in quite a while, Blood Orange made a sprawling album of guest-filled tunes made for repeat, Beyoncé, James Blake aand Radiohead dropped albums at short notice, Kaytranada kept up on his promise and Skepta made a great grime album.
I would love to hear what records moved you so far this year, leave a comment below.