I love that this can happen on television.
A couple years ago pre-famous Tyler, The Creator took the stage at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the following day "blogs" had proclaimed that a revolution in hip-hop had just been ushered in. Sure, it was exciting. A couple young punk kids had just performed on national television without a label or an album in stores. We thought these kids would change the face of hip-hop - 3 years later I don't know if they have.
What I can say is that it has certainly opened some doors. More specifically that performance gave us Frank Ocean, the incredible debut album from Earl Sweatshirt and in some ways has led to this: Chance The Rapper performing on Arsenio.
If you're somehow unfamiliar, Chance The Rapper is a 20 year old young man from Chicago. He made a mixtape during a 10 day suspension from school - now he's famous. It's incredible. His latest mixtape, Acid Rap, is a genre defying trip (pun intended) through life of a young American. He makes references to his acid use, Rugrats, growing up in Chicago. He whines, raps, and sings his way through the mixtape and by the end has solidified his voice in hip-hop. Again, it's incredible.
For $1,000 I couldn't tell you what channel the latest Arsenio Hall Show is on, but I can tell you that I love it. Arsenio frequently gives these fringe players in the hip-hop world a stage to show their stuff. In the clip below Chance gives his first ever broadcast performance of his career and it is a lot of fun. -DW