Chance the rapper putting up two fingers in Francis and the Lights video

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Chance the Rapper dances like no one’s watching in glorious Francis and the Lights video

Chance completely dispenses with genre conventions.

 

Ramon Ramirez

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Published May 19, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 1:49 pm CDT

Chance the Rapper ditches genre conventions and embraces the challenge of choreography as the star of Francis and the Lights’ “May I Have This Dance” video, which is comfortably the best we’ve seen this week.

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His vocals on the song itself are but an interlude, though he dazzles on them just the same, sing-rapping to his daughter: “You’ve got your mother’s eyes… your daddy’s discernment.” But it’s the movement that stuns: The Chicago hip-hop star twirls with purpose and vigor, taking cues from director Jake Schreier.

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Like most of the 24-year-old artist born Chancelor Bennett’s music, it’s a slab of prime rib that fits into hip-hop, and celebrates the percussive nature of the music by—wait for it—gliding into dance with triumph and happiness.

As for Francis and the Lights, the electronic clique has been a hip-hop ally ever since they covered Kanye West‘s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” back in 2009. In July, West appeared in the band’s similar “Friends” video alongside Bon Iver, though he didn’t bother to learn the routine:

Let’s get some more dudes on the dance floor this summer.

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*First Published: May 19, 2017, 1:59 pm CDT