Reflecting on a historical year-long run that saw him ascend to the national throne, win three Grammys and assert himself as one of the world’s biggest stars, Chance the Rapper comfortably raised a glass to the crowd at Studio Paris in Chicago’s River North neighborhood on Sunday night (Apr. 16). As the clock rounded midnight and bottles with sparklers flew in from every direction — via waitresses dressed in brown overall and matching ‘3’ hats — the MC toasted those packed shoulder-to-shoulder before him and turned his sights towards 24 alongside longtime friends, and Ludacris and T-Pain.
To be sure, Chance’s Jordan Year is one that won’t soon be forgotten, as evidenced on Sunday night, where a capacity crowd filled the trendy club for a celebration that seemed to be attended by representatives from all sides of the city. It was certainly a far cry from the family-style spread of Harold’s Chicken and Hennessey that marked the same celebration three years ago, in a modest north side apartment.Chance’s reality has changed drastically since that time: Back then, we were listening to Kanye West, and today he’s several collaborations in with our hero, Yeezy’s number at the ready on speed dial.
Just as evident as his own shining star are the ripples of talent that Chance have given a platform to through his own success. Whereas ‘Ye has struggled as of late identifying his “Real Friends,” his successor has taken cues, making sure to bring all of his friends and colleagues along for the ride. Towkio sipped drinks next to members of The Social Experiment while Eryn Allen Kane and Noname traded words. Nearby, fellow Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh — who along with Mick Jenkinsand Chance round out April 16 as the ultimate hip-hop birthdate — held court with a number of gold-plated champagne bottles.