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Chance the Rapper played an album release party, but didn’t release the album

UPDATE: Album out now! Guests include Death Cab For Cutie, Justin Vernon, Nicki Minaj, Timbaland, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, and more.

Chance the Rapper was scheduled to release his new album The Big Day today (Friday, 7/26), and though albums normally come out at midnight, midnight came and went and there’s still no sign of the new Chance the Rapper album. The Chicago rapper did play the hometown release show he scheduled at the Garfield Park Conservatory late Thursday night — presented by Spotify, who will presumably be streaming the new album when it’s out — and he reiterated on stage that the new album would be out on Friday, so maybe he still plans to release it later today. He debuted just two new songs at the show, as Chicago Tribune‘s review points out:

Performing 10 songs in just under 40 minutes, including “10 Day” standout “Brain Cells,” of which the rapper admitted he forgot the words, and “Acid Rap” fan favorites “Favorite Song” and “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” Chance’s excitement was palpable and the energy in the room, infectious. It’s hard not to root for him, for he has a quality that may solely belong to him at this point: Chance the Rapper will make you smile, even if you don’t want to.

“I’m not supposed to talk a lot because I got a short set tonight,” he said, finally addressing the adoring faces looking back at him. “My name is Chance the Rapper, I’m very excited to be here. Tomorrow is the Big Day.”

After “Groceries,” the only other new track the rapper debuted for fans was “track two,” “Do You Remember?” His now-signature blend of R&B and gospel made a bit spacey, with piano that breaks into upbeat production, “Do You Remember” fits similarly in the vein of songs like “Same Drugs,” where the sadness of letting go and committing what feel like previous lives to memory converge with growth and optimism for the future.

You can watch some videos and see a few more pics from the show below, and read more about it here. Stay tuned for The Big Day.

Meanwhile, one album that did come out at midnight that Chance is featured on is the new YBN Cordae album.

UPDATE: Album out now! Guests include Death Cab For Cutie, Justin Vernon, Nicki Minaj, Timbaland, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, and more.

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