Chance the Rapper is doing something pretty incredible in the States right now: He’s bringing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters with him for the remainder of his Be Encouraged Tour.
The Chicago hip-hop artist has invited interpreters from DEAFinitely Dope to appear on stage at his live shows. According to a CBS News affiliate in Florida, the Coloring Book artist is the first rapper to hire his own interpreters.
DEAFinitely Dope was launched by Matthew Maxey with the aim of unifying “the hearing and deaf communities through music and signing.”
Earlier this year, Matt and his Deafinitely Dope coworker Kelly Kurdi were invited to join Chance the Rapper on tour. They’ve been on the road for months now, but Chance took things to a new level when he joined Matt and Kelly for an ASL tutorial on his “Blessings (Reprise)” verse. Check out the uncut lesson above. <3 You can also listen to the original tune via his recent incredible performance of the song on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon show last year: