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Chance the Rapper

Review: Praise for Chance the Rapper in Miami

Review: Praise for Chance the Rapper in Miami

To sit in the middle of a concert by Chance the Rapper — whose daring balance of the sacred and the profane has produced a passionate, multi-ethnic army of young acolytes — is to witness the culture changing before your eyes.

Such was the scene Tuesday night at a packed AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, where Chance performed a powerful 80-minute set in which sincere invocations of his spirituality stood beside songs alluding to the dangerous practicalities of modern life in urban America, with gospel music carrying the mood to glorious heights one minute and n-words, f-bombs and gender-targeted slurs dropping with notable nonchalance the next.

His youthful Miami audience —...