Taylor Bennett took his shirt off 10 minutes into his Saturday set at Austin City Limits Music Festival. So, that’s where we’re at, weather-wise.
The earnest rapper told the audience at the T-Mobile stage that ACL was his first festival, back in 2013. His brother, Chance the Rapper, headlined the fest in 2017.
The family resemblance between Chance and Taylor is strong, but the latter is his own man. On songs like “Favorite Colors,” he fired off personal statements with brio: “More than just rent for me, symphonies/More than just energy/That's no epiphany.”
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Bennett went non-stop, with a jackhammer jump that sparked his fans to do the same. Soulful, serious and enthusiastic, he rapped without a backing track, fiery live guitar and drums at his back.
You can’t constantly hold Bennett up to his famous brother in comparison (though he raps about Chance’s fame, too). But if you want to pick one tie that binds, it might be their positivity, their sense of mission.
On “Be Yourself,” he rapped: “I'm an outstanding Afro-American bisexual havin' (expletive)/Change your dreams if they average.”
“There’s always gonna be a lot of people who tell you where can go and who you can be,” Bennett said to the crowd between songs at one point. “Always remember keep true.”
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