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Artist Spotlight: Chance the Rapper

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2016 has without a doubt, been the biggest year for Chicago native, Chance the Rapper. With recent news of being nominated for seven grammys in 2017 not to mention it’s his first year eligible to qualify for the award show. Late last summer the rapper even managed to sell out the White Sox’s Cellular One Field for a day long music festival. Kanye West is calling Chance “The Future.” Chance is taking the music industry by storm and people are finally starting to take notice.

Chancelor Johnathan Bennett was raised in the middle-class neighborhood of West Chatham in Chicago, Illinois. To this day Bennett reminds people through his music how important the city is to him. He wears a Chicago White Sox hat all the time to express his love. Before Chance got into hip-hop, he mentioned he loved soul and jazz, that was until he picked up “The College Droupout” by Kanye West. This was the first hip-hop album that Chance had purchased, and listened to, and instantly fell in love with.

Since his purchase of the album the rapper came out with a mixtape in April of 2012 named 10 Day Suspension. This was noticed by Complex magazine as one of the “Chicago artists to look out for”. A year later his next mixtape debuted at number 63 on the Billboard charts and was downloaded over one million times. Chance was growing fast and only has grown since.

On May 12, 2016 the release of “Coloring Book” was streamed over 57.3 million times in the first week. Chance liked the idea of everyone being able to listen to his music even if they didn’t have the money. So he put the album on his soundcloud so people could listen to it for free. His third mixtape has received three grammy nominations. Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song (“No Problem”), and  Best Rap Performance (“No Problem”). His other four nominations include Best New Artist, Best Rap Song (Ultralight Beam), Best Rap Song (Famous), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Ultralight Beam).

In addition to his 2016 accomplishments Chance is also a lead singer of the band The Social Experiment, their most popular song being “Sunday Candy”. Earlier this month, the group performed at the white house for the National Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony. Not only is he a rapper/singer, the artist also has actively help end gun violence in Chicago along with his father, which promoted #SaveChicago.

Chance’s unique sound and enthusiasm is what has gotten him this far and will help him grow in the future. Although Chance is a new artist he plans to make music that people will listen to forever. Chance is definitely an artist you’ll be seeing more of in the future.

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