ARTIST PROFILE

Chance The Rapper

Name: Chance The Rapper

Birthday: April 16, 1993

Fav Dish: Thai Chicken Pizza

Chancellor Johnathan Bennett (born April 16, 1993), known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

In 2013, he began to gain major recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap.

Chance released his second mixtape, Acid Rap, on April 30, 2013. On DatPiff and since it has been downloaded over 1 million times. The mixtape features guest appearances from Twista, Vic Mensa, Saba, BJ the Chicago Kid, Action Bronson, Childish Gambino, and Ab-Soul.

Acid Rap was strongly praised by music critics and fans alike. At Metacritic, the mixtape received an average score of 86, based on 21 critics, which indicates “universal acclaim.” It was also nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.

On May 6, 2013, after being featured as the hidden track on Acid Rap, a song titled “Paranoia,” produced by Nosaj Thing, was released as a contribution to Yours Truly and Adidas originals “Songs from Scratch” series. In June 2013, Bennett was featured in a commercial for MySpace as part of their relaunch, alongside fellow American rappers Mac Miller, Pharrell, and Schoolboy Q, among others.

In early July 2013, Acid Rap debuted at number 63 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums due to downloads on iTunes and Amazon. In August 2013, Bennett performed at the Chicago music festival Lollapalooza. Acid Rap was listed on multiple 50 best albums of 2013 lists, including 26th for Rolling Stone, 12th on Pitchfork’s list, and ranked 4th by Complex.

It was also listed as one of NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013. Chance embarked on his Social Experiment Tour, in Champaign, Illinois on October 25, 2013, lasting until December 19, 2013. He was also a featured artist on Childish Gambino’s album, Because the Internet, which was released on December 6, 2013.

In March 2014, Bennett appeared in a shoppable online video for Dockers, promoting the brand’s spring line, in which Bennett talks his style, love for creating music, and how it feels to live in Los Angeles. On May 5, 2014,

XXL revealed Bennett was included in their annual freshman class, alongside fellow up-and-comers Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Vic Mensa, August Alsina, Troy Ave, Kevin Gates, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Lil Durk and Jarren Benton. During Fall 2014, Bennett and other artists participated in Verge Campus tour. In November 2014, Bennett was presented Chicago’s “Outstanding Youth of the Year Award” by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

In January 2015, Bennett was listed #7 on the “Forbes 30 Under 30” 2015 music list. In March 2015, Bennett released a short film called Mr. Happy directed by Colin Tilley. Mr. Happy centers around the main character, Victor, who is struggling with depression and attempting to commit suicide. After many failed attempts to kill himself, he discovers Mr. Happy.

On April 30, 2015, Bennett gave a lecture at Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive & Research Institute.[44] Just before midnight on May 28, 2015, Surf was released for free on the American iTunes store as an iTunes Exclusive. The album received high acclaim from music critics, receiving an aggregate score of 86 on review site Metacritic, which indicates “universal acclaim,” based on 17 reviews.

In June 2015 Chance performed at the Bonaroo Music Festival in the superjam concert collection. He also made a guest performance with fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar on stage with Earth, Wind & Fire. On July 19, 2015, Chance the Rapper and Lil B announced that they recorded a collaborative mixtape. The two rappers released it on August 5 entitled “Free Based Freestyles Mixtape”.

The mixtape was highly acclaimed upon its release. On October 13, 2015, Chance The Rapper released a video for a new song, titled “Family Matters”, on his website. The song, which shares the same name as his fall 2015 tour with D.R.A.M., Metro Boomin, Towkio (and Hiatus Kaiyote on select dates), is a rework of the Kanye West song “Family Business” from his 2004 album The College Dropout.

A few days before this, a video surfaced online of Chance performing a new song live, ending the song by saying the words “third mixtape,” leading many to believe the wait might be coming to a close for his long-awaited junior release.

On October 27, 2015, Chance The Rapper premiered a new song featuring Saba, titled “Angels”, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. On December 12, 2015, Chance The Rapper performed on Saturday Night Live, where he premiered a new song titled “Somewhere in Paradise”.

In May 2016, Bennett released the mixtape Coloring Book to further critical acclaim. Apart from his solo career, he is also a member of the Chicago collective Save Money, along with frequent collaborator Vic Mensa, and has worked as the lead vocalist for the band The Social Experiment. They released the widely lauded album Surf on in May 2015.

In 2016, Chance co-wrote and appeared on Kanye West’s album The Life of Pablo on the track “Ultralight Beam”, and also co-wrote “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”, “Famous”, “Feedback”, and “Waves”. According to West, the album release was delayed because Chance The Rapper wanted “Waves” to be on the album.

Chance was also featured on a track titled “Need To Know” from hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. The following March, Chance was featured on Skrillex’s remix of Hundred Waters’ “Show Me Love”. On April 16, 2016, Chance and other musicians, including Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, and J. Cole, met with President Obama at the White House to discuss the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge initiative.

On May 12, 2016, Chance’s third mixtape, Coloring Book (promoted as Chance 3), was released, streaming exclusively on Apple Music.

In the first week, the mixtape was streamed over 57.3 million times, which was equivalent to 38,000 units sold, debuting at number 8 on the Billboard 200. While becoming the first release to chart solely on streams, this resulted in the Recording Academy announcing that streaming-only releases will be eligible for consideration for Grammy Award nominations.

The mixtape was met with widespread acclaim from music critics, receiving an average score of 90, based on 20 critics, which indicates “universal acclaim”, from review aggregator site Metacritic. On September 15, 2016 Chance begins his Magnificent Coloring World Tour in San Diego.

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