Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada$$ performed their reflective song The Highs and the Lows on The Tonight Show on Monday. The artsy performance included overlay lyrics and stage-level lo-fi video shot with a handheld camera.
The song, which deals with household stress and navigating challenging emotions, was debuted by the rappers at Art Basel in Switzerland last month. It was accompanied by a short film made in France and Italy and directed by Yannis Davy Guibinga. It was their second time working together after Joey Bada$$’ 2013 song Wendy N Becky.
The Chicago native also sat down with Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, to talk about the 10th anniversary of his mixtape 10 Days, which served as his mainstream breakthrough, as well as he and Mensas diaspora-inspired Black Star Line Festival, which will take place in Accra, Ghana, in January of 2019.
After the collaborative works A Bar About A Bar with fellow rapper Vic Mensa and Chicago-based painter Nikko Washington and the collaborative works Child of God and The Highs and the Lows with Gabonese artist and painter Nala Opiangah and Moses Sumney. According to reports, Chance is also hard at work on the upcoming Star Line Gallery album.
Vic and I performed at the festival when we first began our careers and tours of the country, Chance stated in a statement. We eventually began touring in Europe, performed in Asia, South America, and Central America, but we never had the chance to perform for our most ardent fans. The need for the link became clear to us once we arrived here, touched down, and experienced the love we received from the fans with whom we connected. A music festival with well-known performers must be held in Ghana. We are trying to produce this.