Who is Chance the Rapper?


Cassiana Pozzi, entertainment editor

     There was a lot of talk after the Grammy’s on February 12 with Adele winning most of the awards including best female artist and album of the year. But she wasn’t the only person taking more than one win that night. Chance the Rapper took home three awards for Best Rap Album, Best New Artist, and Best Rap Performance. His most popular songs include “No Problem” and “Cocoa Butter Kisses” which are features from both albums titled “Acid Rap” and “Coloring Book”.

     Chance the Rapper, born Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, grew up rapping with his brother in Chicago. Chance started making mixtapes, which led to making connections with other producers. He was even featured in Forbes magazine in 2012. Before releasing his second mixtape, Chance toured as an opening act for Childish Gambino and was also featured on Gambino’s mixtape. His second mixtape attracted millions and climbed the Billboard charts, reaching 63rd. Later in 2014, Bennett was awarded Chicago’s “Outstanding Youth of the Year Award” by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chance continued to reach out to others, with not only music, but with a short film about trying find happiness. And in April of 2015, he gave a lecture at Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive & Research Institute.

     With a few mixtapes and an iTunes exclusive album released, Chance went back on tour to perform at festivals and with artist Kendrick Lamar. He continued on to perform on late night shows with new music he was planning to release in late 2015. Chance was also featured in the song “Need To Know” from by music duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Skrillex’s remix of “Show Me Love” by Hundred Waters. In April of 2016, Chance, alongside Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe and J. Cole, met with President Obama at the White House to discuss the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge, an initiative that addresses opportunity gaps faced by young men of color. Chance’s third mixtape was released earlier last year, titles “Coloring Book”, which had over 57 million streams on Apple Music. With the success of his new album, Chance went on tour through the U.S but had to cancel European tour dates.

“I am really proud of Chance, I have been listening to his music for a really long time and his new album was amazing.” said Annie O’Malley (‘19)

      Aside from music, Chance has advocated to stop gun violence in Chicago back in 2014, alongside his father and promoted the “#SaveChicago” campaign. His campaign centered around the idea of having Chicago go 42 straight hours without a shooting. When winning his awards, he repeatedly thanked God, everyone he had worked with for helping him, and the city of Chicago.