Chance the Rapper Biography
Sun Sign: Aries
Also Known As: Chancelor Bennett, Chancelor Bennet
Born in: Illinois
Famous as: Hip-hop artist
father: Ken Williams-Bennett
siblings: Taylor Bennett
U.S. State: Illinois
Chance the Rapper, as he is professionally known as, is an American hip hop recording artist who gained fame for his rap style of music. Born as Chancelor Johnathan Bennett in Chicago, Illinois, Bennett since an early age had a passion for singing. He wanted to be a musician much against his father’s desire of him doing a white-collared job. In fact, Bennett even formed his own hip-hop duo Instrumentality, with a friend. A soul and jazz enthusiast, it was Kanye West’s debut album ‘The College Dropout’ that drifted Bennett’s interest in hip-hop. Forsaking his studies, Bennett took to music professionally. Though he released several singles and a mixtape, it was his second mixtape, ‘Acid Rap’ that truly launched his career. Bennett’s professional graph peaked further with his third mixtape ‘Coloring Book’ that earned him three Grammy nominations. It also became the first streaming-only album ever to receive a Grammy nomination. Other than his solo ventures, Bennett has clubbed with various other music magnums. He collaborated with the lead vocalist of the band ‘The Social Experiment’ to come up with a widely lauded album ‘Surf’.
- Chance the Rapper was born as Chancelor Johnathan Bennett on April 16, 1993 in West Chatham, Chicago, to Ken Williams Bennett. His father, once an aide to former Chicago mayor and Senator, today serves as the deputy chief to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He has a younger brother, Taylor Bennett, who is a rapper too.
- Bennett attained his education from Jones College Prep High School. It was during his freshman year that he formed a hip hop duo ‘Instrumentality’ with a friend. His earliest performances came in at YOUmedia Lyricist Loft at Harold Washington Library.
- Despite being ridiculed by his teachers, Bennett’s passion to become a musician did not dampen. Instead he pursued his ambition with full force and recorded his first mixtape ‘10 Day’, in early 2011. He ended the year by releasing a song ‘Windows’.
- In April 2012, Bennett released his mixtape to overwhelming response. The mixtape was commercially successful and critically lauded. Ever since its release, it has been downloaded over 300,000 times via Datpiff. The mixtape was featured in Forbes magazine’s publication ‘Cheap Tunes’ column.
- After a stint with American rapper Childish Gambino in the latter’s mixtape ‘Royalty’, Bennett released his second mixtape ‘Acid Rap’ in April 2013. Downloaded over 1 million times, the mixtape was strongly praised by music critics and fans alike. It even gained the nomination for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.
- ‘Acid Rap’ debuted at number 63 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It also made it to the list of 50 Best Albums of 2013 and attained the 26th spot on Rolling Stones, 12th on Pitchfork's list and was ranked 4th by Complex. It was also listed as one of NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013.
- In May 2013, he released the single ‘Paranoia’ for ‘Songs from Scratch’ series. Next he was featured as an artist on Childish Gambino's album ‘Because the Internet’, releasing on December 6, 2013.
- In March 2014, just when her career in music was on a roll, Bennett made her presence felt off it as well. She appeared in a shoppable online video for Dockers, promoting the brand's spring line.
- In 2015, Bennett released a short film ‘Mr Happy’. Directed by Colin Tilley, it revolves around the protagonist Victor who is down with depression and has suicidal tendencies until he meets Mr Happy.
- In May 2015, Bennett released his album ‘Surf’ on the American iTunes store as an iTunes Exclusive. The album gained high acclaim from music critics. He soon followed it up with a performance at the Bonaroo Music Festival for the superjam concert collection. During this time, he made guest performance with fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar on stage with ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’.
- Together with Lil B, Bennett recorded a collaborative mixtape, releasing it on August 2015 as ‘Free Based Freestyles Mixtape’. He followed it up with a video for his new song ‘Family Matters’. The song was essentially a rework of the Kanye West’s song ‘Family Business’ from the latter’s 2004 album ‘The College Dropout’.
- On October 27, 2015, Bennett premiered a new song titled ‘Angels’ on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’. Later in the year, he performed on Saturday Night Live, wherein he premiered yet another song titled ‘Somewhere in Paradise’.
- In 2016, Bennett co-wrote and appeared on Kanye West's album ‘The Life of Pablo’ for the song ‘Ultralight Beam’. Other songs written by him for the album include ‘Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1’, ‘Famous’, ‘Feedback’, and ‘Waves’.
- Following his collaboration with West, he featured with hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ on the track ‘Need To Know’ for the album ‘This Unruly Mess I've Made’. He next featured on Skrillex's remix of Hundred Waters' ‘Show Me Love’
- On May, 2016, Bennett came up with his third mixtape, ‘Coloring Book’. The mixtape streamed exclusively on Apple Music, debuting at number 8 on Billboard 200. It became the first release to chart solely on streams. The score of the mixtape was widely appreciated by the audience and the critics alike.
- Bennett’s recent works include the single ‘We the People’ which he did for the Nike commercial ‘Unlimited Together’. He even starred in it and also in the Nestle Kit Kat commercial.
- In September 2016, he began the Magnificent Coloring World Tour in San Diego. He initiated what would be the first ever music festival at U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago’s South Side.
- Though early in his career still, Chance the Rapper’s best bit as a hip hop artist and musician has come from his third mixtape, ‘Coloring Book’. Debuting at number 8 on Billboard 200, it became the first release to chart solely on streams. The mixtape was widely lauded by the critics and went on to receive three Grammy nominations including Best Rap Album. It also became the debut streaming-only album ever to receive a Grammy nomination.
- In November 2014, B Chance the Rapper was presented Chicago's Outstanding Youth of the Year Award by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
- In January 2015, he was listed 7th on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2015 music list.
- Bennett’s third mixtape, ‘Coloring Book’, received three Grammy nominations including the Best Rap Album. It became the first streaming-only album to ever receive a Grammy nomination.
- Chance the Rapper has been dating his girlfriend Kirsten since 2013. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter Kinsley in September 2015.
- Bennett is a devout Christian and often refers to Christ in his songs.
- Bennett actively promotes the #SaveChicago campaign. The campaign is basically initiated to stop brutality and combat gun violence. He also met President Obama to discuss My Brother's Keeper Challenge, an initiative of the United States Federal Government to promote intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young men of color to address their unique challenges and to promote racial justice.
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