Chance The Rapper
Chicago has always been home to some of the most talented artists to ever grace a microphone from the creative genius, "Kanye West", to the legendary MC "Common" and even the ultra talented artist, "Lupe Fiasco". Nonetheless, none of these MC's seem to possess the unique style that the 23 year old MC, "Chance The Rapper" expresses in his music. Chancelor Bennet was born on April 16th, 1993 on the Southside of Chicago with his brother, "Taylor Bennet" who is also a Chicago MC. During a Nardwuar interview, Chance illuminates how he started his first rap group in the 7th grade which is also around the time when he received his first rap CD from his uncle for the group, "Freestyle Fellowship". Along with Freestyle Fellowship, the album, "College Dropout" from the Chicago MC, "Kanye West" is also among one of the first CD's that Chance owned thanks to the mother of his childhood crush Ramy Bonds. Chance's early influences explain his signature Soulful and Jazz sound throughout his music and more so Chance had the opportunity of learning how to freestyle from one of Chicago's local legend MC's, "MC Juice" whilst watching him freestyle in a cypher.
In this interview, Chance explains how his first two mixtapes, "5 Day (The Prequel to his 10 Day mixtape)" and, "10 Day" came to light after he was suspended from school for 10 days. Chance released the song, "Windows" to promote his first mixtape and it would receive praise from Complex magazine and would be featured on, "10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For". It is a big misconception that Chance recorded the 10 Days mixtape in 10 days but in fact he recorded the mixtape in approximately a years span. Although it is not confirmed, Chance recorded two early mixtapes in, "Good Enough" and "Back to School Pack EP" . Bennett released the "10 Day" mixtape on April 3rd, 2012 as a free digital download and this would gain him significant buzz upon its release and has since been downloaded over 400,000 times on DatPiff. The tape bolstered smooth hits such as, "Juke Juke" which would get him in contact with one of his first mentors, Chuck Inglish. Chuck influenced Chance to keep his workflow in the studio of writing and recording his music all in one session to keep his process cohesive. This project would also land Chance on, "Childish Gambino's" sixth mixtape, "Royalty" on the song, "They Don't Like Me". Chance would release his second breakout mixtape, "Acid Rap" that was downloaded over a million times with features from artists such as, "BJ The Chicago Kid", "Ab-Soul" and "Childish Gambino". The mixtape bolstered hit songs such as, "Favorite Song", "Juice" and "Smoke Again". The mixtape would also be nominated as Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. The mixtape would be released commercially and ended up on multiple Best Album lists from major publications such as Complex, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. This project would land Chance on the XXL Freshman list for 2014 along with other new stars, "Vic Mensa" & "Isaiah Rashad".
On May 28th, 2015 Chance appeared on, "Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's" album, "Surf" which consists of the musicians, Donnie Trumpet, Chance The Rapper, "Peter Cottontale", "Greg Landfair Jr" and "Nate Fox". The album was anchored by the hit singles, "Sunday Candy" and "Nothing Came To Me" which allowed the album to receive universal acclaim along with over 600,000 downloads from iTunes alone. Later that year, Chance would receive one of his biggest accolades to date, Chicagoan of the Year award. Beyond music, Chance has been working to make Chicago a better city by holding a free "Teens in the Park" (T.I.P.) art and music festival for Chicago teens, "Open Mike" sessions for high school students to build interest in music/poetry, and promoting the #SaveChicago along with several anti-violence social campaigns.
Chance's unique flow and style would land him on Kanye West's gospel rap album in, "The Life of Pablo" on the song, "Ultralight Beam" in which Chance delivered one of his best verses. Chance also helped write for the songs on the album that included, "Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1", "Famous", "Feedback" and "Waves". Chance The Rapper most recently dropped his third project, "Coloring Book" in which he delivered his best music yet with a gospel album that revitalized one of the most longstanding African American musical art forms. He gives us his signature melodies, slick and crisp conscious lyrics over beautifully lush soulful production. Part of what made this release special is the fact that he allowed his fans to visit his website and create their own merch for hats, shirts, and hoodies.
We encourage you to check out some his music below and be sure to support Chance by purchasing his newest project here!