Chance the Rapper Tells a Short Tale in ‘A Bar About a Bar’

Chance the Rapper tells a short story in “A Bar About a Bar.” The accompanying new homemade video features Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and Chicago-based painter Nikko Washington.

The clip begins with Chance and Mensa working on a writing exercise. Mensa asks, “What do you have?” Chance begins with “I got a bar about a bar/It’s not a joke, it’s just a bar” in the first verse as he unfolds the story, which of course leads him to a bar. Meanwhile, Washington paints in the background, inspired by the story. The video also teases an upcoming collaboration with Joey Bada$$ called “The Highs and the Lows”; They are seen on a boat.

Washington created the artwork for the single, which is on view at the Art Institute of Chicago this week through Sunday. According to one publication, the artwork was inspired by “Abar, the unorthodox, Afro-futuristic, and surrealist depiction of racial inequality, racial integration, and classicism in the suburbs of white America, by Abar, the first black Superman.”

The concept of the new video takes a similar “interdisciplinary artwork” approach that Chance used for “Child of God” with Moses Sumney. The song featured the work of Gabonese visual artist Naïla Opiangah. The clip follows Chance and Mensa’s recent collaboration on Wraith (Writing Exercise #3).

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/chance-the-rapper-a-bar-about-a-bar-1359742/ Chance the Rapper Tells a Short Tale in ‘A Bar About a Bar’

Emma James

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