For President Barack Obama’s final National Christmas Tree Lighting in office, he brought along fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper.
On Thursday night, the president and his family were among those present at the White House for the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree, and Chance the Rapper continued his breakout year by performing at the festivities.
The Chicago native gave a rousing rendition of his song, “Sunday Candy,” that even had Sasha Obama singing along.
In October, the president named Chance as one of his favorite rappers and revealed a long-time connection with the artist. “When I look at who’s breaking new ground, Kendrick and Chance, those guys are doing just amazing work,” he said. “And they’re wonderful young men. Chance, I’ve known for years ’cause his dad was my state director when I was a senator in Illinois, so I first met Chance when he was 8 years old, and so we’ve been family for a while.”
It has been quite a year for the rapper, who has seen a rise in popularity and acclaim thanks to his recent mixtape Coloring Book and guest appearances on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo. Watch his performance in the video below.
Other performers at the National Christmas Tree Lighting, which was emceed by Eva Longoria, include Kelly Clarkson, The Lumineers, and Garth Brooks.