Magnificent Coloring Day!
Music is more than just the lyrics. This past month on September 24, 2016, Chance the Rapper hosted a Music Festival. Thousands of fans got together to celebrate Chance’s Magnificent Coloring Day at the White Sox stadium in Chicago. The article “Chance the Rapper Honors Chicago, His Hometown, With Magnificent Coloring Day” by Jon Caramancia explains how the festival was a tribute to his hometown to show his pride and restore hope for the citizens of Chicago. The author writes this article about Chance the Rapper who is currently a popular figure in the Music industry, to explore how he is using his acts as protest, and uses a number of rhetorical devices to appeal to the reader.
One of the rhetorical devices the author uses to imply creditability is ethos. His article targets a number of audiences, from his fans to the average individual. Caramancia puts in the number of members attended to emphasize the impact that the artist had amongst the people, stating “ATTENDANCE Nearly 48,000 people, a number that Chance said broke the record for White Sox stadium events” (Caramancia). He includes the number of people who attended to give creditability not only not only him but Chance the Rapper. He makes a point to include the attendance of the show that Chance the Rapper is a relevant artist in today times and someone worth writing about in the Nytimes. The attendance at the festival goes to show the respect, support and praise they have for the “Lil Chano from 79”.
Caramancia uses pathos to appeal to the emotions of not only his fans but residents of Chicago. Chance is resident of Chicago himself, he appeals to the citizens because he understands the struggles they face everyday in the city of Chicago and even those who share a similar struggles. Jon Caramancia writes, “For Chance, the South Side of Chicago is both a sturdy foundation and also an object of concern. The area can be a place of catastrophic violence, and Chance’s jubilant, gospel-leaning hip-hop is flecked with streaks of melancholy” (Caramancia). Chance festival appealed to audiences because of his approach to captivating audiences. He uses rap as a form of expression and praise to the man upstairs. Giving people hope, reminding them that we are all struggling but to remember to have faith. He has a gospel approach is something that many artist have not experimented with in is song Blessing in which he performed at his festival. The author writes “no rapper more effectively renders praise music than Chance. “I speak to God in public/He keep my rhymes in couplets,” he raps on “Blessings (Reprise).” (Caramancia). He also brought out Chicago children’s choir to help him sing along to both “Blessings” and “Finish Line/ Drown”. He incorporates the to help commemorate the beauty of community, coming together and singing as one makes the audiences feel part of something bigger than they can even understand.
He had who?
The Magnificent Coloring Day festival also included a number of infamous artist. The line-up strengthens the writer’s ethos by appealing to the authority of all these famous and well-respected artists. Chance has a line-up of “the dance floor incinerator Skrillex; the rabble-rousing rapper Tyler, the Creator; the austere, gifted soul singers John Legend and Alicia Keys; and the Southern rap heroes Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz” (Caramancia). They’re all popular figures in the music industry, they particpated in Chance’s event in support of what he stands for, he is an artist who is striving to create change through his music. Having well known artist like the ones above help appeal to his credibility, sincerity and not only appeal to his fans but artists that have been in the industry longer than him. Chance the Rapper is still a fairly new artist to the lime light, so their support makes audiences want to listen to him and discover what changes he wants to see happen.
The article also includes an artist that debatably is one of the greatest artist on our time, Kanye West. He is an artist that is viewed unlike anyone else, he is a music icon; he made a surprise appearance at Chance’s festival and together they performed their song “Ultralight Beam” another song that reflects praise. Caramancia writes “It was an affecting moment — elder and younger coming together in praise — and the highlight of the whole day”.
More than Music
Chance’s held this festival to help restore faith in not only his city of Chicago but in humanity itself, he uses music to express concerns and appeal to those who understand the struggles. He is an artist that has a huge passion for what he does and so much love and appreciation for his fans, Chance ended the festival with some words for people to remember, “Did you know that your blessing is not at this show?” he told the crowd, then assured them, “But it’s coming. Did you know that your blessing is not made of flesh? But it’s coming” (Caramancia). Reminding us to be patient, humble and remember what really matters. Throughout the article the author uses rhetorical devices like pathos and ethos to appeal to the reader. He uses the devices to pull in the reader by mentioning well known artist that some may listen to and make them feel so kind of emotion. Fans tend to gravitate to artist that they can relate to, Chance is an artist who sings about his struggles. He is an artist who’s lyrics and actions resinate with the public. Caramancia makes that very apparent in his article, helping pull in not only fans of Chance but other audiences.
Caramancia, Jon. “Chance the Rapper Honors Chicago, His Hometown, With Magnificent Coloring Day”. Nytimes, 25 Sept 2016, www.nytimes.com/2016/09/26/arts/music/chance-the-rapper-kanye-west-chicago-magnificent-coloring-day.html. Accessed 3 Oct 2016.