Chance the Rapper

Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, or most commonly known as Chance The Rapper has been nominated for the P.O.T.Y award. He has been nominated due to his presence in the fight against gun violence, investment into public education, and overall effort to make the world a better place. Successful artists make lots of money that's no hidden fact, what should be looked at is that with that money little to none is aimed towards bettering a community or to support a needed cause. Chance however, with his ever expanding voice is using it to improve the world. Although the majority may see his donations as donations with little effect compared to other artists or people those affected by his generosity see more than that. Therefore Chance should be seen as more and appreciated appropriately with the Person of the Year Award.




            Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, also known as Chance the Rapper was born on April 16, 1993 in Chicago Illinois, more specifically Chicago’s South Side. A part of Chicago that is known for its high abundance of crime and poverty. During Chance’s freshman year in a high school in Chicago he formed a hip-hop duo with his friend. When Chance expressed his aspirations of becoming a hip-hop artist his teachers doubted and even mocked him, things only seemed to get worse from there. Chance later on during his senior year he received a 10-day suspension for the possession of marijuana. This 10-day suspension becomes the title for his first mixtape, appropriately titled “10 Day” which was released in April 3, 2012. The mixtape did not perform phenomenally but it did make Chance a blip in hip-hop culture. On April 30, 2013 Chance released his second mixtape titled “Acid Rap”. A mixtape that was nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. Later on in the year Chance began gain more and more recognition, recognition from number 63 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and multiple top spots on Magazines top album lists. Due to Chance’s rising fame he was awarded the Outstanding Youth of the Year Award by Mayor Rahm Emanuel the mayor of Chicago at the time. In March of 2015 Chance had tried something other than music, he released a short film called Mr. Happy. A film centered around a character named Victor who suffered through depression and attempted to commit suicide. He followed up his release of a short film with a speech he gave at Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive and Research Institute. Throughout this time Chance had not released any music and although he gave his fans “Angels” on October 27, “Somewhere in Paradise” on December 12, was even featured on Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” where he also co-wrote songs on his album, got the chance to meet the president of the United States, Barack Obama along with other artists, his fans were still aching for another mixtape. Fans were satisfied on May 12, 2016 when Chance released “Coloring Book”, once again another successful mixtape. Shortly after the release of his new mixtape the album had reached number 8 on Billboard 200 and won 3 Grammys. Although it seems music is all Chance focused on he did have time to focus and give back to his community. In 2014 with the help of his father Ken Bennett, a politician who had worked for Barack Obama during his run for president. Together Chance and his father supported the “#SaveChicago” campaign along with starting a Twitter campaign which brought a whole 42 hours without a shooting in Chicago. Chance had also donated $1,000,000 to Chicago Public Schools aimed towards improving the arts and after school programs. This donation was seen as one that was greatly needed, especially with Chicago’s poor history with its education system. Just recently Chance has announced a public invitation aimed towards young amateur filmmakers to help come up with ideas for an upcoming music video where the winner will ‘shadow” production of the video.