Chance the Rapper is ramping up for his Lollapalooza 2014 performance by feeding the streets with new music. The Chicago native has been making news all summer with his live cover of "Believe In Yourself," a tune originally recorded by Ziggy Marley that's is widely known as the theme to the 1996 PBS cartoon "Arthur." On the studio version of his cover, renamed "Wonderful Everyday: Arthur," Chance has enlisted a wrecking crew of voices, including soul singers Jessie Ware and Eryn Allen Kane, Brooklyn's Francis And The Lights, Elle Varner, Chicago band The O'My's, his Social Experiment band mates Donnie Trumpet and Peter Cottontale and none other than Mr. "Gone Till November" himself, Wyclef Jean.
For a few months now, the Bennett men (consisting of Chance, rapper Taylor and their dad Ken, who was recently named as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Mayor's Office of Public Engagement by Mayor Emanuel) have been campaigning via social media and community events to stop the violence in Chicago. To me, it usually seems like movements like these lack any sort of reality, content to use hollow hashtags and empty rhetoric to solve a problem that'sbigger than all of us. I can't lie though, this song gave me a funny feeling the first time I heard it. While it won't decrease the crime rate this weekend, it made me believe that the world will be better, even if it's only for a moment. Is it naive to believe a song can change things? Maybe. However at this point, it might be all we have.
Chance plays Lolla Sunday night at 8:30 on the Perry's stage. If you didn't snag a ticket in time, the whole thing will be streamed on Redbull.tv. Listen and download "Wonderful Everyday: Arthur" below.
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