Chancelor Johnathan Bennett born April 16, , known professionally as Chance the Rapper , is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, activist, actor, and philanthropist. He began to gain mainstream recognition in after releasing his second mixtape, Acid Rap , which gained acclaim. It earned him three Grammy Awards , including the award for Best Rap Album ; upon winning, it became the first streaming -only album to win a Grammy Award, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Alongside his solo career, Chance the Rapper is a member of the Chicago collective Savemoney , and is the vocalist for the band the Social Experiment; they released the album Surf in May , led by trumpeter Nico Segal. Chancelor Johnathan Bennett was born in Chicago , Illinois. Bennett's interest in music began with Michael Jackson , who he exclusively listened to on cassettes until the fifth grade. After finding out the song was on West's debut album The College Dropout , Bennett purchased the album, making it the first hip-hop album that Bennett listened to.
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His father worked as an aide to both Harold Washington, the first Black mayor of the city, and Barack Obama, when he was still a rising figure in Illinois state politics. When Chance was in grade school, he loved the gospel, jazz, and R. He started rapping and, at the age of thirteen or fourteen, he told Obama that he had ambitions to be a professional. In recent months, he has marched in Black Lives Matter demonstrations while trying to write and record new music. That journey has not always been smooth. This interview, which was edited with Mengfei Chen, was conducted for The New Yorker Radio Hour earlier this month——just before Kanye West announced his candidacy for the Presidency and then, just as quickly, withdrew. During that fleeting candidacy, Chance sort-of endorsed West and expressed his continuing ambivalence about Joe Biden. Our exchange has been edited for length and clarity.
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