Chance the Rapper Covers 'Hey Ya,' 'Nuthin' But a G Thang' at Bonnaroo Superjam
A few hours after commanding one of the largest main stage crowds at Bonnaroo 2017, Chance the Rapper popped up at the annual Saturday night (June 10) Superjam to play a pair of classics from other legendary rap artists.
This year's Superjam, dubbed “Soul Shakedown” and curated by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, featured 90 minutes of crowd-pleasing covers by Jon Batiste, Nicole Atkins, Margo Price, Joseph, Sam Cohen and Jason Huber of Cherub, among others.
Following performances of TLC's "Waterfalls," Prince's "Little Red Corvette" and Rick James' "Superfreak" (Lecrae also stopped by for an inspired riff on A Tribe Called Quest's "Can I Kick It?"), Chance ended the night with a quick cover of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Nuthin' but a G Thang," and then a prolonged take on Outkast's "Hey Ya!"
Calling Andre 3000 "one of the funkiest ever," Chance brought a handful of the Superjam artists back onstage for the Outkast smash as passerby sprinted to the This Tent stage to get a closer look at Chance. The Chicago MC has earned the nickname "the mayor of Bonnaroo" after now appearing at four consecutive festivals; last year, he held a surprise listening of his Coloring Book album in the Silent Disco area.
Chance the Rapper's main stage performance on Saturday night included several Coloring Book cuts as well as older favorites like "Cocoa Butter Kisses" and "Sunday Candy." Chance also popped up on Friday to perform "May I Have This Dance" during Francis and the Lights' main stage performance.