Chancelor Bennet, mostly known as, Chance the Rapper was born on April 16, 1993 in Chicago, Illinois. In his first year of high school, he created a small music group with his friends, which would lead him to becomes who he is today. Towards the end of his high school years, Chance started to get caught up in drugs, smoking and alcohol. To help deal with his problem, he wrote and recorded his first mixtape, "10 Day" that he wrote on a 10-day suspension for possession of marijuana. He took control of this later as he wanted to take better care of himself and create a name other than, "Xaxax user." He became a devoted Christian and took up on writing raps to express his feelings and to tell people about his past through another mixtape called, "Acid Rap."
Chance preforming on Saturday Night Live
He released his second mixtape, "Acid Rap." This mixtape spoke about his struggle with Xanax and alcohol. He went to do multiple interviews where he would discuss this issue further. It made it to number 63 on the Billboard charts. However, not too long after that, he released his "debut album", "The Coloring Book." All of his works are only avaliable for streaming purposes as Chance believes that a gift to his fans should not be bought. He thinks of it as giving back to those who don't have as much as he did. Although, that's how most artist pay for other expenses, such as music videos and performances. Chance has recorded a live music video of his own on his iPhone, that he directed. (Below) Little did he know that his journey, alone, would land him many awards and nearly seven Grammy nominations in the near future.
Well, for me, the main thing I learned was that, even though you may come from a troubled past, you can still overcome and make your dreams come true. I do look up to Chance the Rapper, as one of my male role models. I think that he has a good story to tell and music to back up everything that he talks about. On top of all of that, he's a Christian and there are not many rappers that are so open about their religion like he is. They hide it for unknown reasons or their music doesn't represent their beliefs.
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