Chance the Rapper, AKA “Lil’ Chano From 79th” is taking the Hip-Hop game by storm. His audible skill, crafty wordplay, and idiosyncratic voice separates him from much of the clutter in today’s Hip-Hop culture. Born and raised in West Chatham, Chicago, Illinois, he grew up around poverty, gang violence, and friends with no dads to name a few hurdles he had to jump. After lacing up his Nike’s (and actually starring in a Nike commercial) he’s turning his idols into rivals at a freakishly rapid rate.
I personally started listening to Chancelor Bennett after dropping his second mixtape, Acid Rap. From then on, I’ve kept an ear peeled for hot new features, including his verse on Ultra Light Beams–a song on Kanye West’s album, The Life of Pablo. Just recently, Kanye called Chance “the future” during his short rant on stage at the 2016 Video Music Awards. That’s a pretty big co-sign in and of itself.
Unlike the sell-your-soul-quick stereotype of many new mainstream rappers, Chance likes to go against the grain. Ever heard of the saying – “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”? Well, independent music is this young star’s true stance. His effort of bringing independent music to the airwaves has earned him more respect than any other rapper in the game. Performing on shows like Saturday Night Live, and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Chance The Rapper is set to explode his fan base and finish strong in 2016.
Performing on late night talk shows are cool. Organizing music festivals and having rappers like Lil’ Wayne joining you on stage is even cooler. But wanna know what’s cooler than that? Getting photobombed by the one and only Queen Bey! Chance has playfully referenced superstar Beyonce Knowles as his auntie in the past. But this, this tops the charts! You couldn’t pay for his reaction if you wanted to. Because yes, it’s that priceless. Check it out below: