Chance the Rapper joined Peter CottonTale for an ensemble performance of their 2020 song “Together” for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The gospel-tinged single was originally released as part of Google’s Year in Search Campaign with Cynthia Erivo. Backed by the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the live performance opened with a poignant spoken word intro by Boston-based artist Kofi Lost, who called for greater unity and empathy in 2021.
“Somehow, someway we try to figure it all out. Learn a bit with people we’ve met along the way. Raise each other up, lift each other’s heads, stretch arms around each other after a real long day,” Lost urged.
Chance later appeared to deliver spirited bars about “taking the mask off the monster,” while Erivio performed her soulful verse from a remote studio.
CottonTale composed, wrote, produced and recorded “Together” with the help of 80 Black artists, engineers, producers and other creatives. Released at the end of last year, the uplifting song aimed to recognize the efforts of the Black community in America during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The cast of people involved in creating the music and the film were if not leaders themselves, they were surrounded by leaders who in their own way are pushing for change in the community,” CottonTale said in a statement. “Showing what’s best about who we all are and giving everyone hope, a bit of celebration too, that by working together, growing together, we will get through this period.”
Watch their Colbert performance of “Together” below: