Chance The Rapper

Born: April 16, 1993 Chicago Illinois | Successful For: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter  | Zodiac Sign: Aries

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What Makes Chance The Rapper So Inspiring:

Chance The Rapper Makes The Most Of Everything:

Chancelor Johnathan Bennet, more popularly known as Chance the Rapper, grew up on the South Side of Chicago in an area known as West Catham. Chance is an older brother to Taylor Bennet whom were both raised in a middle-class family where his passion for rap began after he purchased his first ever album, Kanye West’s “The College Dropout.” “Kanye took me from a kid who listened to music to a kid who lived music.” When Chance began to create his own music, it included the much too familiar act of an aspiring artist shoving mixtapes at people in his high school. Jones College Prep High School did not offer the most supportive staff for Chance, however this was an inspiration for him. In Chance’s senior year of high school he faced a ten day suspension following marijuana possession on his high school’s campus. The ten day suspension however led to the creation of 10 Day, his first mixtape. “You gotta try and flip stuff. Everything you get, you can turn into something else.” It was because of this mixtape and the #10day project that the following year, Chance was named one of ten “Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For” by Complex Magazine. Through 10 Day, Chance also grabbed the attention of Forbes magazine, producers such as Kenney Jame$, Blended Babies and Chuck Inglish, and artist Childish Gambino whom featured Chance on his album in the song “They Don’t Like Me.” It was solely through Chance’s dedication and “hunger to put out something” that he single handedly caught the attention of thousands of individuals. “There’s a hunger in me that always wants to be creating and orating, telling people something and giving them information and getting feedback. There are so many questions that I’m trying to ask, and I’m still so far from being done saying what I gotta say.

Chance Doesn’t Limit Himself:

Chance the Rapper, with his straightforward and simple name, is everything but simple. What has sparked a lot of conversation around Chance is the fact that he only streams his music. This past May, Chance the Rapper released his fourth and most recent mixtape titled Coloring Book. Coloring Book is the first album that is strictly released through streaming, to receive a Grammy nomination, let alone the three that it received including the nomination for Best Rap Album. Coloring Book is also the first streaming-only album to chart on Billboard. Coloring Book is available on Apple Music only. It cannot be downloaded or purchased as a CD. Chance states that this is because he feels as if CD’s are obsolete and that he can do a lot more without them. Chance creates his own path and shows his fans that anyone can reach their dreams while sticking to their own values. While most would probably preach to the choir and state that releasing CDs would create more profit and more conversation around his music, Chance has maintained his streaming-only tactic through the release of all four of his mixtapes. What may be even more astonishing and paints an even clearer picture of Chance’s independence is his lack of a record company. While many record companies have sought him out, he continuously rejected the offers. In 2013, Chance explained his reasoning to Rolling Stone, stating that “Theres no reason to [sign with a label]. Its a dead industry [] Whats an album these days, anyways? Cause I didnt see it, does that mean its not an official release?” It’s not the money that Chance is seeking through his music, but rather the music itself. “For me, performing is the biggest part of being a rapper. Theres nothing like the feeling of screaming your story to people.

Money Isn’t Chance’s Goal And Plays A Large Role In Racial Activism:

As can already be established, money is not Chance the Rapper’s goal. A main priority for Chance through his established voice is to fight for gun control. His activism towards gun control began with his father in his hometown Chicago in 2014 through the #SaveChicago campaign. This campaign’s goal was to suspend gun violence over Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago and was successful when the city went forty-two hours without a gun shooting. Chance’s activism continues in 2016 through his significant role in the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. This project strives to address racial justice and bring awareness to the lives of colored men and the challenges they face. Chance was joined by many other artists such as J. Cole, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe and Busta Rhymes. “The idea of talking white, a lot of people grew up around that, just the idea that if you speak with proper diction and come off as educated that its not black and that its actually anti-black and should be considered only something that white people would do.” Chance the Rapper has proved that he has much more in store for his fans and if there’s one thing we’re sure of is that he is anything but predictable. “Chance the Rapper is many things. Im constantly evolving.


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“I don’t really consider myself a trailblazer, I’m more of just a product of the music versus music industry fight that’s been going on forever…I definitely feel liking I’m racing to write everything that I possibly can. Like Alexander. Talking about Hip Hop, it is very much so about the Eminem, 8 Mile, ‘you only got one shot.’ I think everything’s about that because we kind of have been conditioned to understand music as a field where you get discovered or put on…Every shot, when you’re a rapper–You kinda look at every shot as one you’re supposed to take.” – Quote by Chance The Rapper


Author: Sarah Pouramn

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Sarah Pouramn lives in Toronto and resides in Waterloo when she is attending university. She works with Habitat for Humanity as a builder and as an Executive Events Coordinator and believes that everyone deserves a fair shot at their goals. Sarah also works with The Community Edition, a Waterloo Region newspaper, as the Social Media Editor. Follow Sarah on Twitter @itsmesarahpea and on Instagram @sarahpouramn.

 



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