Joined by Daniel Caesar, a choir, and additional musicians, including longtime collaborator Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, Lil Chano rapped three verses about fatherhood, life’s changes, and first world problems.
The untitled song, which references the American dream, was reportedly written two days before the performance.
“I was gonna do ‘Grown Ass Kid,’ an unreleased song from Coloring Book, and then I called you guys on Saturday and said, I can’t do ‘Grown Ass Kid’ anymore for reasons I don’t want to talk about. We had to come up with a song in a matter of days and I wanted to do something fresh.
“I’ve been in the studio a lot lately; I’ve been cooking up some yammers like this,” he said. “They’re honestly great. I premiered ‘Angels,’ the first new song off Coloring Book, here, so I was like, why not do another new song for you guys here tonight?”
Elsewhere in the interview, Chano opened up about his Emmy appearance with Colbert, his SocialWorks campaigns, and passion for school funding.