“It’s a simple message, and it comes from the heart: Believe in yourself, well that’s the place to start.”
Those potent and worthwhile words should be familiar to anyone who grew up watching “Arthur,” as it was one of a number of immortal lines from the animated series’ theme song, “Believe in Yourself,” by Ziggy Marley.
On Wednesday (July 30), Chance the Rapper paid homage to the song, series and its message with his new song, “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur.” For the feel-good track, Chano enlisted additional vocals from a number of artists: Wyclef Jean, Francis & The Lights, Jessie Ware, Elle Varner, Eryn Allen Kane, The O’my’s, Peter Cottontale and Donnie Trumpet all appear.
The 21-year-old, who has attempted to use his platform to curb the violence plaguing his native Chicago, continues spreading positivity here, as he uses his melodic flow to re-purpose Marley’s lyrics over a funky beat from The Social Experiment.
He has performed the song live before, including at Governor’s Ball in New York last month, but only released the official audio today, just a few days ahead of his performance at Lollapalooza this weekend.
The series premiered in 1996 and is still airing new episodes on PBS to this day.