Chicago MC Chance the Rapper makes history as the first unsigned artist to perform on SNL, References Laquan McDonald Case

| December 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chicago MC debuts new single “Somewhere in Paradise”/Photo courtesy of NBC

Change the Rapper made history Saturday night, becoming the first unsigned artist to perform on Saturday Night Live. He didn’t disappoint either.

The 22 year-old acid rapper brought some of Chicago’s struggles to the national stage by mentioning veteran Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke in his “Saturday Night Live” debut.

The Chicago rapper debuted a brand new single called “Somewhere in Paradise” featuring Jeremih and R. Kelly. He also performed the Social Experiment track “Sunday Candy”.

As he sang “Sunday Candy” he acknowledged Van Dyke, who was charged with first-degree murder last month in the October 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The killing of McDonald, who was shot 16 times, has spurred numerous protests and the ousting of police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

“I’ve been waiting all week. I’ve been waiting all night. Jason Van Dyke,” Chance the Rapper sang as he wore a White Sox hat. “Had to say something on Saturday; see you at church on Sunday.”

Below, you’ll find video replays of both performances as well as the studio version of “Somewhere in Paradise”.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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