Clad in a tan jumpsuit, Chance the Rapper takes the dance party to the top of a suburban train, while another party breaks out in the carriages and streets below. Videographer Austin Vesley is the mastermind behind Chance’s captivating music videos, having worked with the rapper in the past to co-direct the clip for Nana alongside one of Chicago’s most beloved comedians, Hannibal Buress, who also recently starred in a video from BJ The Chicago Kid & Kendrick Lamar.
In an interview with Chicago Mag, Vesley recalls the creative process of working with Chance on earlier tracks. “Chance came to me several months ago with an idea [for Sugar Candy]. He had gone to see the Broadway production of The Lion King like 20 times or something like that and said he wanted to do something theatrical for a music video. I wrote a treatment for it and came up with this candy shop idea,” he explained. “I’m not sure if I have a maxim or ethos going into stuff, but I always try to do something different than what I’ve done before. It’s always good to have collaborators; people like Chance who push me.”
The new-age theatrical twist is stronger than ever in the music clip for Angels, which opens with a scene that belongs in a cinema. Less than thirty seconds in, an airborne, superhero Chance wearing glowing goggles flies through the Chicago sky to start one killer dance party.
Words by Delia Bartle