It’s been more than a year since Chance the Rapper opened a new chapter in chart history with Coloring Book, which became the first recording to crack the Billboard 200 based on streaming alone (the independently-released effort opened and peaked at No. 8 and took out the best rap album Grammy).
The Chicago rapper’s profile has been sky-high ever since, but his musical output hasn’t kept pace. That all changed overnight when Chance performed an untitled song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert featuring Daniel Caesar.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) September 26, 2017
In his new, “never-before-heard” track, Chance addresses the challenges of fatherhood and the slippery slope that is fame.
“I really need a break, could really use a nap/My daughter barely recognize me when I lose the hat/You go so far, you hit a point where you can’t Uber back,” he raps.
In a chat with his host, Chance revealed he’d written the new song just 48 hours earlier and that he has no desire to run for mayor of his hometown in 2019, despite an online campaign insisting “people are screaming for you, and Chicago is hungry for change.”
Chance and Colbert have history. Back in 2015, the-then rising hip-hop artist premiered the Coloring Book track “Angels” with Saba on Colbert, well ahead of the mixtape’s release.
Listen to the untitled new track below.