Chance the Rapper
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Proclaimed “Planet Earth’s preeminent indie rap darling” by Rolling Stone, Chance the Rapper has built a multi-faceted career on his own terms, redefining what it means to be an independent artist.
Born and raised in Chicago, Chance made history in 2017 when he became the first artist to win a Grammy for a streaming-only mixtape—collecting a trio of statues for “Best New Artist,” “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Album” for his now iconic Coloring Book.
Called “a generational voice” by GQ, Chance has never signed a record deal— opting instead to make his music available for free. His career began with the release of his 2012 mixtape 10 Day, followed by the 2013 release of Acid Rap, which garnered over 10 million downloads. His latest project and official debut album, The Big Day, cemented Chance in the rap pantheon.
Chance’s unique sound weaves gospel, jazz and soul together with hip hop. His work has attracted an eclectic mix of collaborators, including Kanye West, Randy Newman, Lil Wayne, Bon Iver, Childish Gambino, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and John Legend.
Chance’s expanding career also includes film and television credits. He can most recently be seen as the host of and an executive producer of the Quibi revival of MTV’s “Punk’d” which is one of their top performing shows. He also serves as an executive producer and judge on Netflix’s hip-hop talent contest “Rhythm+Flow.” In 2019, Chance joined an elite club by becoming one of the few celebrities to both host and perform on “Saturday Night Live.” Additional EP credits include HBO’s “A Shot in The Dark” and Cartoon Network’s “Steven Universe.”
Called “an outstanding role model” by President Barack Obama, Chance’s passion for music and family extends to his commitment to giving back. Coming from a long line of activists and community organizers, Chance was raised with a deep faith and a strong sense of purpose. Through his nonprofit organization SocialWorks, he aims to inspire and empower youth through arts, education and civic engagement. In 2014, he made headlines by using the #savechicago hashtag to stop gun violence in the city for 42 hours. Whether by hosting a monthly high school “OpenMike” series at the Chicago Public Library, donating $2 million to Chicago Public Schools and mental wellness access or raising more than $7 million through SocialWorks for Chicago’s youth, Chance makes it a priority to be a positive force for good.
Chance resides in Chicago, IL with his family.