Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Jordan Nicholson, Live Nation • June 3, 2017
New York -- It's very possible that DJ Khaled's "I'm the One" might be the song of the summer. And, along with Justin Bieber and Quavo, it has a lot to do with Chance the Rapper. The Chicagoan cracked open the new hit halfway through his set at Governors Ball on Friday night, and the crowd was singing so loudly that you could barely even hear the juicy track spilling out from the monitors at the main stage.
Images of the "I'm the One" music video rolled out on the big screen behind Chance, sending fans to a tropical, carefree place and reminding them of the sun and crisp, cool air that had swirled around Randall's Island just hours before. "Uh, she beat her face up with that new Chanel / She like the price, she see the ice, it make her coochie melt," teen girls screamed in unison as Chance cruised through his featured verse.
These, perhaps, were the dirtiest lyrics you'd hear all night. Surrounding "I'm the One" lived a jazzy gospel experience -- one that included "Blessings," "Angels" and "Sunday Candy," off his collaborative album with Donnie Trumpet, Surf. "Are you ready / For your blessings? / Are you ready / For your miracle?" sang Chance's backup singers, the excellent and soulful ThirdStory.
Chance took a stab at his friend Kanye West's songs as well. Images of the pair drifted across the screen, as he launched into The Life of Pablo tracks "Waves," "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" and "Ultralight Beam." "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" served up a gush of elation when fans heard Metro Boomin's well-known Future-sung tagline, "If young Metro don't trust you, I'm gon shoot you," quickly followed by a flash of yellow light and the song's hip-hop equivalent of an EDM beat drop. "Beautiful morning, you're the sun in my morning babe," Chance rapped, taking over a lyric usually song by Kid Cudi.
"Ultralight Beam" seemed to be the holiest performance of the night, with a stream of light constantly dousing the crowd with orange and green. Chance had boundless energy, as if he were channeling the vibes of a greater being. He raised his hands over his head, reaching for the heavens. He kicked his feet up and leapt across stage. He bounced with passion and never broke his smile.
Just as Francis and the Lights brought out Chance at their set earlier in the day, Chance returned the favor by inviting Francis on the stage for their remixed version of "May I Have This Dance."
It wouldn't be a Chance the Rapper set without the beloved, "No Problem," where well-known record label logos floated behind him, altered a tiny bit. The artist, of course, makes it well known that he's his own entity, just like he raps, "We don't got no label," on "I'm The Only One," you're reminded that Chance really is the one and only.