You know him as that Chicago nigga that came and shifted the game, confusing a lot of fans. Yep, we’re talking about Chancellor Bennett. He graces our December/January issue like it was only created for him.
Chance the Rapper is everyone’s favourite underdog. He burst into the hip-hop scene and dominated it without the assistance of a record label.
He went on to win three Grammys, making history as the first black independent artist to achieve this – without selling a single physical copy.
Before we knew him as the unrivalled artist of his calibre that we now know him as, he first started as a spoken word artist and also a member of hip-hop duo called ‘Instrumentality’ with his producer friend J-Emcee.
Together they created quality projects with tracks like ‘Dear Chicago Summer’, ‘Something About Us’ featuring Daftpunk from Good Enough album and ‘In The Pen Dance’ from the Back To School album, ‘Beddy Bye’ title track from eponymous album and more.
The always-cap-wearing artist debuted his solo mixtape, 10 Day, in 2012. This mixtape’s title was inspired by his 10-day suspension from school after he was caught with the herbs a.k.a weed.
The mixtape grabbed the attention of Forbes magazine, which lead to Chance being chosen by Childish Gambino, to be part of his Royalty Mixtape – featuring in the song ’They Don’t Know’.
The artist, born as Donald Glover, had Chance join him on his first North American tour as his opening act.
Chance then followed up on 10 Day with Acid Rap mixed tape (which we’re still bumping to this day) in 2013.
It was so good that it was nominated for a BET award. He’s gone to feature in singles and albums of industry’s top acts such as Macklemore, Pia Mia, James Blake, Dj Khaled, Big Sean, Mike WILL Made It, SZA, Childish Gambino, Kanye West and recently, John Legend.
Colouring Book was released in 2016 and it’s worth all the hype and the tissues you obviously need whilst listening to it.
It’s the same mixtape that got him seven Grammy nominations and three wins in the Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album and Best New Artist categories.
Chance says Grammys are super important to music.
‘As a musician, I think It’s the same thing as an actor receiving an Oscar. Do I think that the Grammys are always fully representative of a person’s talent? No. Just like Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get an Oscar until this past year. And he’s been doing his fucking thing. but I think everybody wants validation, everybody wants to feel like they did right. And I think it’s my victory. you know?’
The 24-year-old frozen-yoghurt-loving lad is also a philanthropist with a passion, care and love for his community back in Chicago. He’s done so much to change the lives of the youngins in the area through his education non-profit organisation, Social Works.