June 13, 2016


Chance the Rapper was the Not-So-Secret King of Bonnaroo This Year

Jeff Kravitz / Getty Images
Jeff Kravitz / Getty Images

Chance the Rapper has performed at Bonnaroo in the past, but he was not a scheduled artist at the festival this year. That didn’t prevent Chance from dominating the annual Manchester, Tenn. gathering. Seriously: Chance did something exciting every single day of Bonnaroo, and was the subject of more chatter than some of the headliners.

On the opening day on Thursday (June 9), Chance tweeted this, confirming his presence at the festival (and a story that hopefully is coming soon somewhere!):

But Chance wasn’t just observing. On Friday night, he popped onstage with J. Cole during his main stage performance, then hopped over to Bryson Tiller’s set a few hours later. On both occasions, Chance performed “No Problem,” a highlight on his new Coloring Book mixtape that features Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.

On Saturday night, Chance made two more guest appearances, first with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and then with Miguel during the latter’s midnight set.

For Macklemore’s set, Chance played “Need to Know,” from the “Thrift Shop” star’s recent This Unruly Mess I’ve Made album. Miguel’s crowd got a special treat with a cover of the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.”

The coolest surprise, however, was saved for Sunday. On the final day of Bonnaroo, Chance the Rapper announced an impromptu listening session of Coloring Book in the Silent Disco. 

The Silent Disco tent was immediately mobbed with fans hoping to go nuts to Coloring Book in Chance’s presence. Less than an hour after the announcement, Chance had arrived, all 500 Silent Disco headphones had been given out, and the diehards got to watch Chance gleefully (and silently, to the naked ear) play his latest project in full.

Oh, and he had time to pose for photos with Big BoiDeath Cab For Cutie and fans this weekend, along with making a special request for Death Cab's set:

Chance used the hashtag #MayorofBonnaroo this weekend at the festival. Being mayor’s cool, but let’s call it like it is: Chance the Rapper is the king of Bonnaroo, and he rules stealthily and generously.