Chance the Rapper performing at W.I.L.D in October, 2013. Image: Jgfink
Chance The Rapper born as Chancellor Jonathan Bennett, is a 23 years old American Rapper, singer, and record producer. At the recent Grammy awards on February 12th, he won Best Rap Album, Best New Artist, and Best Rap performance. He also won the 2016 Soul Train awards for Best New Artist.
With a total of three mix-tape releases, and more than 57.5 million times streams, at the 2016 Espy Awards with Kareem Abdul Jabbar, he performed a tribute For Mohammed Ali, titled “I was a Rock” also collaborating with various artist notably Kanye West.
But aside from Music, Chance The Rapper is an activist. In November 2014, he was named Chicago’s outstanding youth of the year by Chicago Mayor, Ralm Emanuel, for his campaign against gun violence in his hometown along with his father using #saveChicago.
On March 6th, after a sour meeting with Governor Bruce Rauner, with the Governors vague answers, Chance The Rapper made a donation of $1 million to Chicago schools. During the press conference he said the donation was funded by tickets sales from his upcoming tour
Several personalities showed their appreciation on his kind Gestures via Twitter. Michelle Obama tweeted: “Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to Chicago community which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education.”
CEO of Starbucks,”This just gave me goosebumps, no artist in music today is doing what Chance is doing for the youths”.
Gary Parrish wrote: “Chance is trying to do more for the Children of Chicago than most politicians.”
Chance The Rapper did a marvelous work through his donation, he invested to the society positively and lends a helping hand, other artist should follow his footsteps and give hope.