On the lengthy list of people Chance the Rapper fans have been itching for the rapper to collaborate with, Alec Baldwin was near the top.
OK. That's fine. But maybe he should have been -- and whether you wanted it or not (you should have wanted it), it happened.
The two joined forces for Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival’s 15th anniversary in Chicago on Sunday, to help raise money for the organization Young Chicago Authors, and the results were odd, fun and off-beat.
Here's what appears to be some backstage practice, with Chano providing the beat for Baldwin's rapping rendition of the 1914 poem "Chicago," by Carl Sandburg.
"This is me beatboxing while Alec Baldwin raps, he is for the people," Chano wrote as a caption to the video he posted on Instagram. "Him, Alfred Woodard and Ali from Tribe came thru the city to help raise money for YCA, the organization that built and developed myself and @Malcolmlondon into the leaders we have become. Give it up for them. Beautiful leaders we can all learn from #Chicago #LongLiveTheYoung #YCA."
They also got on stage together. The chemistry was apparent.
No, Chance can't beatbox on a Rahzel level. And no, Baldwin's spoken word-style rapping doesn't suggest he should leave acting behind, but this is the kind of thing that brings joy merely in the fact that it exists. Plus, it was for a good cause.
YCA's mission is to a create a "culture that transforms the lives of young people and their communities by bringing together participants through writing, publication, and performance education for civic discourse and community celebration."