Chance The Rapper is back like he never left. Taking to the stage during the BET Awards 2022, the Chicago MC performed new single “The Highs & The Lows” with Joey Bada$$. Viewers from home were able to watch lyrics rapidly flash on the screen during the televised performance.
The single and video was released earlier this month, with Chance and Joey filmed in Italy and France in April while the rappers attended the Venice Biennale.
The single also marks Chance’s third song of 2022. In March, he released “Child of God,” featuring vocalist Moses Sumney and a painting from Gabonese artist Naïla Opiangah. In May, he released “A Bar About A Bar,” in collaboration with Chicago painter Nikko Washington.
Along with “The Highs & The Lows,” an installational piece in dedication to the song was made by Chicago visual artist DexLvL and Gabonese photographer Yannis Davy Guibinga. Unveiled at the Art Basel in Switzerland, the piece was later on display at the Dusable Museum of African American History during a Juneteenth BBQ celebration that Chance held.
“‘The Highs & The Lows’ is a reflection of time and weathering, seen through the lens of young Black men in countries not of their own. Comprised of shots from Gabon, Canada, the United States, Italy and France, the piece gives a global context to Black folks who are more than aware of life’s ups and downs,” the statement for the art reads.
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