Chance the Rapper is the underdog you love to love. He has positioned himself in such a way that you can’t help but like him. From his Kit-Kat commercials, to a spot on the show Black Dynamite, to his outreach in the struggling Chicago community he is there to calm the waters. And he’s not a bad MC either.
He signed an exclusive deal to release his mixtape Coloring Book through Apple in 2016 too much critical acclaim and multiple Grammy Award nominations. He has worked with various artists on various projects including Kanye West, Kirk Franklin, and the Chicago Children’s Choir. He is currently the man of the hour, and we are celebrating his multiple honors with 5 fast facts you need to know about Chance the Rapper.
1. He is Part of the Band The Social Experiment
Chance the Rapper is part of a band of Collaborators dubbed “a self-described group of bohemian musicians.” He contributed vocals and arrangements to the album Surf which, due to its highly anticipated release was downloaded over 600,000 times on iTunes in its first week, with 10M+ individual track downloads.
Surf was released as an iTunes Exclusive free-download on May 28th, 2015. Singles on the album include “Sunday Candy”, and “Nothing Came to Me” which was accompanied by a short “silent film” music video.
2. His Father Worked for then-Senator Barack Obama
Chance the Rapper’s father, Ken Williams-Bennett, was an aide for Chicago mayor Harold Washington, and then worked for Senator Barack Obama. He is currently a Deputy Chief in the Rahm Emanuel mayor’s office. He had also dreamed that one day Chance the Rapper would hold office.
3. His Album Acid Rap Was a Critical Success
His 2013 record Acid Rap was listed on multiple best-of lists for that year including; 26th on Rolling Stone and 12th on Pitchfork. Chance the Rapper appeared at that year’s Lollapalooza Festival, went on the Social Experiment Tour, and was a featured artist on Childish Gambino’s record Because the Internet.
4. He was Named Chicago’s Outstanding Youth of the Year
In 2014, Chance the Rapper was named Chicago’s Outstanding Youth of the Year by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chance has fought to combat gun violence, with the “#SaveChicago” campaign, and saw Chicago go 42 straight hours without a shooting. He met with President Barack Obama at the White House to talk about the “My Brother’s Keeper Challenge” to promote intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young men of color. He worked with other musicians on this initiative including Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, and J. Cole.
5. He Voiced Bob Marley in the Black Dynamite Animated Series
Black Dynamite is an animated series that premiered on Cartoon Network in 2012. Chance the Rapper voiced the character of Bob Marley in the series. The show was based on a 2009 film of the same name and is intended for mature audiences due to the nature of its humor. Black Dynamite originally appeared as a 1970s badass renaissance man who doesn’t take any shit.