Fresh off the release of ‘Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)’, a collaboration record with the Bay Area’s Lil B, Chance The Rapper has returned a new collaboration song, this time featuring his fellow Chicago native Noname Gypsy.
‘Israel (Sparring)’ has been posted to Soundcloud and follows not just ‘Free’ (which also featured a guest spot from Gypsy) but ‘Surf’, a jazz fusion full-length with Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment that dropped in May. The song was produced by Cam O’bi. Click below to listen.
Chance was also invited to give a guest lecture at Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive & Research Institute in April, and the artist took the opportunity to sit down for a Q&A, fielding questions on the current protests in Baltimore, streaming services like the recently launched Tidal, misogyny in hip-hop, and working with Kanye West, among other topics.
“I thought you guys were troubled kids and shit, and I was coming to talk to you about getting your lives together,” he joked to the Ivy League school students. On the civil unrest in Baltimore, Chance urged the group to stay informed about what’s actually happening in the city and described the situation as “very hard to watch”.