Chance The Rapper Dropped A Beatbox While Alec Baldwin Rapped Poetry In Chicago

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Less than an hour ago Chicago MC Chance The Rapper posted a video to Instagram, in which we see him beatboxing while actor Alec Baldwin (aka Jack Donaghy) raps a few bars with the aid of prepared notes on paper. The serendipitous hip-hop-meets-Hollywood moment was made possible, it seems, by the Young Chicago Authors program, which this weekend hosted a fundraiser that brought Chance, Baldwin, and A Tribe Called Quest producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad to the second city for appearances in the name of inspiring talented local youth. Chance described the brief celeb cypher as such:

This is me beatboxing while Alec Baldwin raps, he is for the people. Him, Alfred Woodard and Ali from Tribe came thru the city to help raise money for YCA, the organization that built and developed myself and @Malcolmlondon into the leaders we have become. Give it up for them. Beautiful leaders we can all learn from #Chicago #LongLiveTheYoung #YCA

UPDATE: Young Chicago Authors has posted a video to its own Instagram account, which includes what appears to be the duo’s official performance from earlier tonight. Chance’s own upload is thus, evidently, some behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage before the two took the stage.

Baldwin is clearly rapping the Carl Sandberg poem entitled, simply, “Chicago.” The poem opens with the lines (which you can hear Baldwin recite):

Hog Butcher for the World,
   Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
   Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
   Stormy, husky, brawling,
   City of the Big Shoulders
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.

Watch both videos below, and stay tuned in case more footage turns up.

Alec Baldwin and @Chancetherapper performing at #ltab2015

A video posted by Young Chicago Authors (@youngchicagoauthors) on

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