When Chance The Rapper announced the tour dates for Magnificent Coloring World, the show for Chano’s Chicago hometown date was listed as “TBD.” A few days later, he announced that the Chicago performance wasn’t going to be just any old show, but a festival also featuring Skrillex, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Tyler, The Creator, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and special guests. The spectacle would be held at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field — also the home ballpark for Chance’s beloved White Sox.
The festival sold out a week after the announcement — but Chano soon found out that scalpers were purchasing tickets and reselling them for exorbitant prices.
A month later (September 7), he pleaded with his fans to not give up. “Chicago, please promise you won't give up on getting your #MCD ticket. Yours is still out there just don't give up.”
That same day, Chance announced that he took the tickets back from the scalpers, which, at the time was hard to believe. How, Sway?
Nonbelievers were swiftly proven wrong. Today (September 9), Chance posted an image on Twitter of a few stacks of tickets with the caption, “I took back almost 2k #MCD tix from fuckboy scalpers and made them into physicals. And these are just floor seats.” That means he’s probably going to reclaim even more tickets, Chicago.
This type of action is exactly what we've come to expect from Chicago’s golden boy. Chance has proven time and time again his giving nature; scalpers reselling tickets at inflated prices goes against everything he represents and obviously the situation was troubling enough for him to act. Indeed, he makes his money from touring and merch, but he would never swindle his fans. His empire is built on respectability.
There are two lessons to be learned from this: Never doubt Lil Chano, and never fuck with his fans.
By Tara Mahadevan. Follow her on Twitter.
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