Chance the Rapper postpones tour, including Tampa concert, following daughter’s birth

The new show will happen in 2020.
Chance The Rapper performs on stage during Wild 94.1's Last Damn Show at Amalie Arena on Nov. 3, 2017. Luis Santana  |  Tampa Bay Times
Chance The Rapper performs on stage during Wild 94.1's Last Damn Show at Amalie Arena on Nov. 3, 2017. Luis Santana | Tampa Bay Times
Published September 9
Updated September 9

For Chance the Rapper, family is coming first.

The Grammy-winning rapper has decided to postpone his fall tour, including an Oct. 14 show at Amalie Arena in Tampa, in order to spend more time with his wife and young children Kensli, 4, and Marli, born last week.

In an Instagram post, the rapper said it has been “very strenuous having to divide my time and energy between family and work. When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 weeks later and missed some of the most important milestones in her life, but more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most. At this point as a husband and father of two I realize that I can’t make that mistake again. I need to be as helpful and available as possible to my wife in these early months of raising Kensli and Marli.”

Many of his upcoming tour dates have been rescheduled starting in January, according to his website. A few, including Tampa’s, have yet to receive a new date. According to the site, information about these shows “will be made available in 2020.” Tickets for the Oct. 14 show will be good on the new date, or refunds will be available at point of purchase.

A few fall dates will continue as planned, including Chance’s headlining slot at the inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival in November.

“I apologize because I know how many people were counting on seeing me soon, but I hope you’ll understand and forgive me in time,” he wrote. " I love you guys AND LITERALLY CANT WAIT FOR U TO WITNESS THIS SHOW."

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