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Five thoughts: Chance the Rapper (April 17, Brooklyn Bowl)

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Chance the Rapper, performing April 17 at Brooklyn Bowl
Photo: Chase Stevens/Erik Kabik Photography
Chris Bitonti

1. The stage is a fluid concept to opener Waka Flocka Flame, who spent the majority of his performance moving throughout the crowd and inviting fans up front to join him. Wherever he was, he brought a floor-shaking dance party with him.

2. Waka and Chance the Rapper’s styles could not be more different. Chance performs an R&B-based, almost smooth jazz-backed rap versus Waka’s DJ with gunshot effects and crazy spontaneity.

3. Chance was celebrating his 21st birthday with his Vegas performance between Coachella weekends, still making him older than most of his crowd. Shorter beer lines just don’t make up for how old you feel after multiple visits to UrbanDictionary.com.

4. Live, Chance’s voice is much stronger than on his 10 Day and Acid Rap mixtapes, where he can sound overly nasal. He also performs with a live band, which is always my preference. One surprise for me: how positive of a tone his performance created. He was less about the party and more about gratitude and appreciation for his rising star status … and the party.

5. Chance and Waka performed to one of the best Vegas crowds I’ve seen. There was rarely a moment without movement, and the genuine excitement within the room made it a fun experience. Here’s hoping they both come back soon.

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