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He only released his sophomore album in April of this year, but Chance the Rapper is already seeing his name printed alongside the likes of tourmate Eminem, megastar Kanye West and his musical inspiration, Lil Wayne.

Initially scheduled for Waiting Room, Chance the Rapper’s show has been moved to Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., Buffalo, to accommodate the “overwhelming interest” in the Chicago hip-hop sensation, After Dark Entertainment announced.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show on Thursday run for $20 today and $25 day-of and can be purchased online through TicketFly. Admission already purchased for the originally scheduled Waiting Room show will be honored at the Town Ballroom door.

With his second album, “Acid Rap,” turning heads and reaching No. 63 on Billboard’s Top R & B and Hip-hop Albums—to considerable legal controversy regarding the distribution of mixtapes, Chance the Rapper’s name—and work—became buzzy enough to push his shows to larger venues and draw attention from the industry’s elite.

Chance the Rapper remains unsigned, but not due to a shortage of interest from labels. Shady Records has been rumored as a suitor—as Chance opened for Eminem with Kendrick Lamar on a few European tour dates—and Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment reportedly reached out as well.

Not even a face-to-face with Epic Records’ CEO L.A. Reid couldn’t convince the 20-year-old rising star.

Despite the rapid nature of his rise, Chance the Rapper doesn’t seem to have sacrificed his sense of humor.

“If [a label] wants to uh, buy me like ad space on the side of a building that says, “Hey Chance! You’re doing great today” or you know, maybe give me a car that only drives backwards. Something that’s thinking outside of the box. Then again, I can’t say that it’ll guarantee you any type of play. Those types of things are funny and cool to me,” he laughed when talking to MTV Hive.

The artist’s one shining moment, however, arrived unexpectedly when his manager sent him a text following the close of his American tour. Through LilWayneHQ.com, Chance the Rapper passes along the rest of the story about how “You Song” became included in Lil Wayne’s “Dedication 5” mixtape:

We had just got back in Chicago the day before from Europe, and this was supposed to be our one day off between touring the States and coming back from Europe. That morning I woke up. The first thing I saw was a text from my manager Pat in the morning: “Wayne wants a song for Dedication 5. He needs it in two days.” You can imagine all the stress that I instantly felt on my head, to not only do a perfect song for Wayne, but to have it done that one day, ’cause we were leaving the next day.

When it comes to Chance’s stage presence, though, blogTO.com writer Markit’s take is worth noting:

Chance The Rapper’s on stage persona is interesting to witness, as he seems to jump between two personalities. At times you get the humble, soft spoken version who slumps around stage nonchalantly with his hands in his pockets, rapping in a tired monotone voice. Then suddenly, as if charged up by the room’s energy, his demeanour shifts into a sort of primal mode, often sending him into a captivating urban tap dance routine. All in all the set seemed a bit short, but his body of work isn’t extensive, and he left those in attendance satisfied but wanting more.

TAGGED: after dark entertainment, chance the rapper, concerts, downtown, eminem, hip-hop, town ballroom

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