After After teasing the show earlier this year, Chance formally announced the performance on his social media channels on Tuesday (April 25).
The celebratory concert takes place at Chicago’s United Center on August 19. Tickets will be available this Friday (April 28), with a presale going live on Wednesday (April 26).
Saba, who appeared on the Acid Rap standout “Everybody’s Something” and has also seen his career go from strength to strength over the last decade, will join Chance on stage as the night’s special guest.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2023
Released in April 2013 before the streaming era, Acid Rap kickstarted Chance The Rapper’s career in a big way. Despite being released for free, the project still ended up denting the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart due to bootleg downloads on iTunes and Amazon.
The project’s official home was the mixtape site DatPiff, where it has since been certified “diamond” with over one million downloads. In addition to Saba, the tape featured appearances from Childish Gambino, Twista, Vic Mensa, Ab-Soul and Noname.
After years of teasers and radio silence, Chance finally began releasing new music last May via a series of loose tracks he dubbed “writing exercises.”
He’s since kicked his musical output back into life with singles like “Child of God,”“YAH Know” and the Joey Bada$$-assisted “The Highs & The Lows,” which the pair performed at the 2022 BET Awards last summer.
“The ‘Gallery’ is the Star Line, and the Star Line is all of us,” Chance said of the title. “It’s going to be all Black artists from everywhere around the world with all different experiences, but a connection, and in conversation with me and my collaborators to create new pieces that show what it means to be Black right now.
“It’s not all drenched in the conversation of trauma or about the most familiar aesthetic of Black that we know right now. It’s about what is real.”
As for Saba, the Chicago-bred rapper dropped off his latest album Few Good Things last February, which boasted features from Black Thought, G Herbo, Krayzie Bone, 6LACK, Smino and others.
The project — the follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed Care For Me — received a 3.9 out of 5 score from HipHopDX, with writer Matthew Ritchie praising Saba’s “powerful and poignant” storytelling and production choices.
The Pivot Gang rapper followed up the album with a 25-minute short film, which he described as “the realization of self after a search for exterior fulfillment.”
“The concept of Few Good Things is the realization of self after a search for exterior fulfillment,” he explained in a statement. “It is the satisfaction and completeness you gain by simply living a life that is yours. Few is a small number, but few is not lonely.
“In the face of all adversity, a few good things is recognizing and accepting blessings. Few is to count them, one by one – an empty glass is full of air, an empty bank is full of lessons., and an empty heart is full of memories. Few good things is to grow comfortable with the empty, and despite that, finding your fullness.”