Last night (1/30) in Chicago, hometown hero Chance the Rapper did one of his Open Mike nights, and Dave Chappelle showed up for a surprise set. Here's some of what went down, via XXL:

...Chappelle encourages the high schoolers to continue to seek expression and truth through art.
“I see you guys fighting through that and living the lives you want to live. It inspires me,” he says. The Open Mike events are held throughout Chicago to provide a platform for teenagers to speak, perform or showcase any talent. Chappelle tells the audience that despite what fans believe, he’s never told it like it is, but only how it feels, and that he would advise them to do the same.

“We need young artists out there,” he says. “People know so much information now but they forget what things feel like. So the job of the artist is to remind them of themselves. Get ‘em thinking again, get ‘em feeling again.”

Check out a video clip of Chapelle below.

A few nights earlier, Chance made his own surprise appearance in Chicago. He showed up during D.R.A.M.'s show at the Metro on Friday (1/27). That show is part of D.R.A.M.'s ongoing tour, which we also recently caught in NYC. You may remember that Chance gave D.R.A.M. his own song on Coloring Book. Pictures of the Metro show -- which included opening sets by River Tiber, Nebu Kiniza, and Ari Lennox -- are in the gallery above.


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