We all know the popular the famous for his recording in the American hip hop field. Other than that, he is also a prominent artist in the field of rap music. Though his father always wanted him to have a white-collar job from the very childhood, he wanted to have his career in the field of music. He became more passionate about music after listening to a popular song of a soul and jazz enthusiast singer named Kanye West. It was West’s debut album titled The College Dropout. Being passionate about music, he established his hip hop duo with the name Instrumentality. He established this with the help of his friend. Leaving behind his studies and educations, he gave his focus more to his passion for music. Gradually with time, he started premiering his singles and his mixtapes.
After some time, he released his second mixtape with the name Acid Rap. Though before his second mixtape, he had a few songs, his second mixtape gave a push to his music career. With this, his career graph started shifting on the positive side. His career was at the peak after the release of his third mixtape, which was titled Coloring Book. Not only his third mixtape earned praises and appreciation, but it also earned him the prestigious Grammy awards nominations, not once but a total of three times. Apart from being a solo artist, he has also collaborated with many other musicians as well. One of his most popular collaborations was with the prominent vocalist, who was also the lead vocalist of the popular brand named The Social Experiment. Together they one of the most popular albums of all time named Surf.
Childhood and Early Life
Born on the 16th of April in 1993 in the beautiful city of West Chatham, which is in Chicago, is in the states in the USA. His real name is Chancellor Jonathan Bennett, but later, he took up the name of Chance the Rapper. His father named Ken Williams Bennett, was by profession a subordinate of the former Chicago Mayor as well as the Senator. Apart from that, he currently serves as the deputy chief to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He is not the only child of the family but rather had a younger brother named Taylor Bennett, who by profession is a rapper as well.
Talking about his schooling, for his high school, he went to the esteemed school named Jones College Prep High School. He made his first song which was a hip hop duo named Instrumentality. He released his songs when he was in his freshman years. After some time, he gave his first performance at the popular library place named Harold Washington Library under the YOUmedia Lyricist Loft.
Being such a passionate singer, it was tough for others to get Bennett’s head off the music. Sometimes his teachers used to make fun of him. Despite all the hurdles, he pursued his career in the field of music. After some time, he started his recording for his debut mixtape, which was titled 10 Days. His first mixtape was premiered in early 2011. By the end of 2011, he released another of his popular songs named Windows. After some month or so in April in the following year, that is in 2012; he released his second mixtape. With the efforts that he gave in his second mixtape, he received many positive responses not only from the critics but also from the audience. Not only by praises but also commercially, the album made a huge success. From the day the song was released, it was downloaded a total of 500,000 times. The maximum download has been through the popular channel named Datpiff. The success of the album is not limited to the commercial field or praises and appreciation from the critics but also made its way to the list of the popular Forbes magazines. The list where the song made its position was the Cheap Tunes.
After some time, he worked with the popular rapper of America named Childish Gambino for his popular mixtape of Gambino named Royalty. By that time, that is by 2013, Bennett’s second mixtape that is the Acid Rap, had crossed more than 1.5 million downloads by that time. Other than being listed by the renowned magazine, his second mixtape also received the nomination for the Best Mixtape at the popular awards show named BET Hip Hop Awards in 2013. Apart from being listed in the popular magazines and nominated for popular awards, the mixtape Acid Rap earned the 63rd position on the popular list of Billboard Top R&B/ Hip Hop Albums. Other than that he mixtape also earned the position in the list of 50 Best Album of 2013. With this, he peaked the 2nd spot on the Rolling Stones and fourth rank on the list released by the Complex. Other than that, it was also counted under the list of 50 Favorite Albums of 2013 as one of the NPR Music.
In that very year, that is in 2013, in May, he released his debut single with the title Paranoia, which was from the popular series named Songs from Scratch. By the end of 2013 that is on the 10th of December 2013, he earned his position in an album by the popular singer named Childish Gambino titled Because of the Internet. In the next year is in 2014 in March, his career was at the peak when he ventured out and tried himself on the ramp. For his modeling career, he made his debut with the popular company named Dockers by featuring in their shoppable online video. The video was made to promote the spring line of the brand.
After some time that is in the following year that is in 2015, he appeared in a short movie named Mr. Happy, which was directed by a popular director named Colin Tilley. The storyline of the short film was around the protagonist named Victor, who is suffering from depression and is going through suicidal tendencies. But shortly, he met the character named Mr. Happy.
In that very year that is in 2015, in May, his album was premiered on the iTunes store of America as an iTunes Exclusive. The name of the album was Surf. Not only did the album received praises and appreciation from the audience, but it was also praised by the critics. After the release of his album on iTunes, he got an opportunity to perform at the popular music festival named Bonnaroo Music Festival, which was held under the Superjam Concert Collection. Other than that, during that time, he also appeared as a guest along with his fellow rapper named Kendrick Lamar and with the renowned brand named Earth, Wind & Fire. By the end of 2015, he launched another of his mixtape named Free Based Freestyles Mixtape was released in August. Following the success that he received from the previous album, he received another song named Family Matters. The song was a reprise of the popular song named Family Business, which was one of Bennett’s favorite songs, as well as the favorite album, The College Dropout, which was sung by Kanye West.
After a couple of months that is on the 27th of October in 2015 itself, he released his new songs named Angels on the popular show named The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. By the end of 2015, he also gave out a performance on the night show named Saturday Night Live. Being such a talented singer, it was never tough for him to make new songs and premiere them. He released another song in the show itself titled Somewhere in Paradise.
In the following year, he worked with his inspiration singer named Kanye West. He became the co-writer as well as featured in his song named Ultralight Beam for the popular album named The Life of Pablo. Few other songs are written by him, namely Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1, Famous, Feedback as well as Waves. Apart from his collaboration with the popular singer West, he also got a chance to be a part of the hip hop duo named Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in their popular track named Need To Know, which was a part of the album titled This Unruled Mess I’ve Made. After some time, he got an opportunity to be a part of the popular song, which was a remix of Skrillex’s popular song Hundred Waters’ named Show Me, Love.
After some time in May in 2016 itself, he came up with his third mixtape titled Coloring Book. Being such a talented star, he always got the opportunity to be a part of the exclusive series of Apple music. Even in this song, he earned the exclusive position in Apple Music. Other than that, his mixtape also earned the 8th Position on the Billboard 200 list. Being on the eighth number, the mixtape received a lot of praises and appreciation from the critics.
Other than his collaboration, some of his works can namely be We The People. He composed this song for the popular commercial named Unlimited Together for the renowned brand named Nike. Apart from that, we can also see him in the popular commercial of a chocolate company named Nestle Kit Kat. Later, that by the mid-end of 2016, that is in September, he started his popular Magnificent Coloring World Tour in the beautiful state of San Diego. He also announced his first-ever music festival at the popular place named U.S. Cellular Field, which is on the southern side of Chicago.
Apart from all this, he also earned a chance to perform in the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, which was held in February in the following year, that is, in 2017. After some time in that very year, he released his latest song named Last Christmas. He performed the song on the show named Saturday Night Live. He also earned the nominations of the popular awards named Emmy Award. By the mid-end of 2017, that is in August; he was in the headline of the third day of the popular music festival named Lollapalooza Music Festival. In the following year, that is in 2018; he was offered to be featured in a song named Logout, which was a part of the popular album named Care for Me, which was of Saba. Other than that, he also featured in the popular song named Best Life which was a part of the debut album of Cardi B named Invasion of Privacy.
In the very next year, that is in 2018; he premiered not one but two of his singles, namely My Own Thing as well as The Man Who Has Everything. Both of his songs are included in his debut studio album. Other than that, he also featured in the song named Cross Me, which was one of the most popular songs of Ed Sheeran.
Though he has not been in the music industry for a long period of time is such a prominent and talented rapper he earned fame and following in no time. His sole earning source is from his songs, albums, and mixtapes. With this, Chance The Rapper’s is somewhere estimated to be $25million as of 2021.
He began dating in the middle of his career, that is, in 2013. He started dating a popular star named Kristen. Soon enough, in September 2015, the couple became parents of their first baby daughter, whom they named Kensli. But for some reason or the other, the couple started living separately. But as it is said, love never fades away. Shortly the couple came back together. They tied the knot on the 9th of March in 2019. By the end of 2019, the couple declared that they are expecting a second girl child soon. Talking about his religious belief, Bennett is a Christian by religion. Other than that, he also refers to Jesus Christ in his songs.
Not only is he an awesome singer, but also actively participates in many campaigns and programs. He is an active participant in the program named #SaveChicago. The main aim of this campaign was to put a restriction on the brutality and the gun violence that was taking place in Chicago. To discuss the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge, he met the then President of the USA named Obama. His campaign was an initiative that was taken by the United Federal Government to encourage the civic leader to intervene in the lives of the colored young man to address the unique challenges that they face and also to promote racial justice.
Being such a prominent rapper, the list of his awards is never-ending. In 2017, itself he won not one but a total of three most prestigious award that is the Grammy Awards under the category of Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album as well as Best New Artist.