In honor of the Chicago’s historic Bud Billiken Parade (The Bud), Chance The Rapper and Social Works hosted the first ever surprise #BBBash. The line-up included Future, MadeinTYO, and some of Chicago’s own, Deon Cole, Jeremih, DJ Oreo, D-Low, Kemo, and The Pope. And that wasn’t all! Near the end of his set Chance played a personal video from President Barak Obama where he shared his love for the city and his appreciation of Chance, while wishing all of the students a happy school year.
On the morning of The Bud, Chance announced the surprise concert via Twitter. He then listed the locations of free tickets scattered throughout some of Chicago’s most prominent spots, including The DuSable Museum, Fat Tiger, MacArthur’s restaurant, Harold’s Chicken, and Metro, to name a few.
With Wabash Avenue completely shut down, fans and parents from all over the city lined up downtown outside the Auditorium Theatre. There was even a crowd of individuals who showed up on pure faith, with hopes of scouting any extra tickets. And of course, just like magic, extra tickets became available moments before the concert began.
Founded in 1929 by Robert S. Abbott of the Chicago Defender, The Bud is a celebration of students going back to school, with a focus on educating Chicago’s Youth. In its honor, Chance was named the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade. Leading the procession sitting on the back of a convertible, Chance and the Social Works float were followed by a U-Haul truck as volunteers passed out stuffed backpacks to attendees along the parade route.
Chance announced last week that Social Works would give away 30,000 stuffed backpacks to students all over the city, and he appeared to deliver on that promise. Backpacks were given out at the end of both the parade and concert. This is just one of the many philanthropic efforts Chance has committed to the city. From vowing to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, to hosting a free after-school poetry program, Open Mike, and raising money to benefit the homeless, Chance exercises no limitations towards exposing the greatness and potential that lie within the city and the youth.
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