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The Truth About Chance The Rapper Finally Revealed

The Truth About Chance The Rapper Finally Revealed


Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, otherwise known
as Chance the Rapper, is one of the biggest names in hip-hop. He’s impressively managed to achieve all of
his massive success on his own terms, but there’s a lot more to this musician than meets
the eye. Let’s tune into the untold truth of Chance
the Rapper. “They say never leave things up to chance,
I say always leave things up to Chance, you know.” Label trouble Throughout his meteoric rise to fame, Chance
has always done things his way by refusing to sign with a record label. However, it’s not due to a lack of interest. In 2015, he told Fader, “I’ve met with every A&R, VP of A&R, president
of the labels, CEOs. I know all these people.” Basically, Chance has had the necessary connections
– he’s simply chosen not to use them. Luckily, some execs have supported the singer-songwriter
in his unlikely route to success. Chance explained, “They’re almost like, ‘Keep going. You’re in uncharted territory, and you’re
helping to shed light on what [the future of the business] will look like, and we’re
all curious.'” Unfortunately, others have been less kind. Chance later shared the downsides of going
against the grain while speaking with Complex, alleging that certain labels have tried to
stump his growth. When asked what specific things labels have
done to try and stop him, he said, “Push me out of headline positions so that
their artist could be a headliner or not cleared songs.” Chance went on to say that he doesn’t think
it’s any sort of complicated conspiracy theory, noting that some record label execs are just
upset because they, quote, “wanted to make money off [him] and [he] said no,” while others
don’t like that he’s admittedly advised friends from signing with certain people. “When they hear that back, then they tell
other people bad s— about me.” Yikes. First free album As an independent artist, Chance prides himself
on offering iTunes’ first free album ever. The 2015 record Surf was released as part
of his side project, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, which the Chicago Tribune
dubbed as: “A hothouse of young musicians, songwriters,
producers steeped not only in hip-hop, but in R&B, soul, jazz, funk, rock, and other
subcultures.” The album received rave reviews but, even
more impressively, also made history. Chance took to Twitter to underscore this
point while celebrating the two-year anniversary of Surf’s release. Calling it the “first free album on [iTunes],”
the rapper revealed that he attempted to get iTunes to make the download button display
the word ‘free’ instead of ‘get.’ But it seems his influence only stretched
so far. Still, the “Nothing Came to Me” musician proudly
spoke about this collaborative effort during an appearance on The Joe Budden Podcast in
2018, where he gave an inside look at his two-project deal with the music platform. Despite the free output, it was quite lucrative
for Chance. Truly independent? After making a big deal of refusing to sign
with a record label, Chance was hit with criticism about seemingly giving up his status as an
independent artist when he agreed to a deal with Apple Music. In an effort to clarify his contract, he tweeted
in 2017, “I wanna clear things up.[Apple] gave me half
a mil and a commercial to post Coloring Book exclusively on Apple Music for 2 weeks.” In a separate tweet, he went on to say, “That was the extent of my deal, after two
weeks it was on SoundCloud for free. I needed the money and they’re all good people
over there.” Chance later shared some more insight on the
deal on The Joe Budden Podcast, saying that Apple first came to him to offer him what
would end up being, in his words, “the whole Drake-Apple deal.” Elaborating that there was $20 million on
the table for this two-project deal, the rapper admitted that the company wanted a solo Chance
project, but since he didn’t have one ready at the time, he got $500,000 instead. He used the money for advertising. Chance and Barack During Barack Obama’s presidency, he and Chance
the Rapper met on numerous occasions, from kicking it at a state dinner to discussing
criminal justice reform, according to Chance’s tweets. However, it turns out their friendship precedes
the White House. “Chance, I’ve known for years ’cause his dad
was my state director when I was a senator in Illinois, so I first met Chance when he
was eight years old.” Obama added that they’ve been, quote, “family
for a while.” But that’s not all. According to Rolling Stone, Chance actually
interned for Obama during his first presidential campaign. Former First Lady Michelle Obama later solidified
just how close the two families have remained in a video message for the rapper at the 2017
BET Awards. She said, “We have known Chance and his family since
he was a wee little baby rapper, and it has been a thrill watching him come into his own
in so many ways.” Chance the Actor? In October 2016, Chance told fans that he’d
spent the entire summer on a film set. Yes, the musician tried out his acting chops
with a starring turn in Slice, a horror comedy feature. Austin Vesely, the director of the film, had
previously worked with Chance on a number of music videos. He told the Chicago Tribune that he didn’t
need to convince the Windy City native to give acting a try, adding, “He basically told me that when the time comes
that I could make something, he’d be there for me. So I wrote a role for him in the piece.” Chance’s role in question was, according to
Vesely, “a werewolf who is a former Chinese food delivery driver.” As interesting as that might sound, the project
garnered lukewarm reviews, and unfortunately failed to mark his hot new career path as
Chance the Actor. Not Christian rap Chance has never shied away from speaking
about his Christian faith and its importance. However, he doesn’t necessarily want fans
to think of his music as Christian rap. Given the religious sounds and themes regularly
found in his songs, that might be easier said than done. After Rolling Stone called Coloring Book “a
gospel-rap masterpiece,” for example, Chance told Teen Vogue in 2017 that he didn’t really
want that to happen. He explained, “One of my biggest fears with Coloring Book
was that it would be labeled. I never sought out for people to recognize
it as a gospel album. I don’t make Christian rap, but I am a Christian
rapper.” Explaining where the apprehension came from,
Chance noted, “I feared that people would be dismissive
of it, like, ‘This is Christian rap, I’m not trying to hear it.'” Chance shared a similar message in a freestyle
rap on Instagram the following year, saying, “Your favorite rapper’s a Christian rapper.” Broke ‘a lot’ He may be devoted to giving away his music
for free, but Chance the Rapper sure knows how to make money. From merch to tours and lucrative business
partnerships, he’s earned a nice chunk of change over the years – so much that it actually
landed him on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2017 with an estimated earning of $33 million. But this musician also knows how to spend
it. He confessed to GQ in 2017, “I go broke a lot.” That’s because Chance believes in putting
everything he has into his career – not to mention his philanthropy – and trusts that
it’s a worthy investment. He explained, “I have this understanding that whatever I
put out there, if I really am doing what’s right, it’s going to be rewarding. I remember sitting on the back of the bus
on the first day of the Social Experiment tour, with my face in my hands. I emptied out my bank account, and before
I did that tour, that was the number one thing I said I’d never do. […] But I put all that money up, and within
two weeks, when everyone was getting paid, I was like, Okay, cool, we’re good again.” When asked to name the last time he was broke,
the rapper admitted it pretty much happens with every new record. He proclaimed, “The same s— happened with Surf. And the same s— happened with Coloring Book.” Signature hat Chance has become synonymous with his signature
Number 3 cap, but it’s much more than a mere fashion statement. As the rapper told GQ, his affinity for caps
started at a young age and never faded. He recalled, “I used to always rock a cap when I was in
high school and get them taken away. It was an excessive amount. Like, so often that at the end of each school
year, there would be a box of all the confiscated caps. I think, in one part, it’s a rebellion.” As for the significance of the number 3, it
was born out of a desire to replace his go-to Chicago White Sox caps with something fresh. He explained, “I wanted to put something else on the hat. And so I decided to do 3. I rationalized it to myself that it stands
for the third mixtape, the Holy Trinity, and the three-pronged family of myself, my daughter,
and my girl.” Impact on brands You know you’re doing something right when
your influence extends to Corporate America. It started in May 2019 when Chance tweeted
out praise for Wendy’s, jokingly writing, “Positive Affirmations for today: I will have
a good day, I will succeed today, Wendy’s will bring back spicy nuggets at some point
please please Lord let it be today.” Well, not only did Wendy’s respond, but the
company actually agreed to do just that – under one condition. Wendy’s promised, “Y’all keep asking, so here’s your chance. The people in charge say if you guys can get
our tweet (this one right here) to 2 Million likes, they will bring SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS
BACK. Let’s freakin’ do this!” It took less than 48 hours to get the necessary
likes – and the spicy chicken nuggets were indeed back by that August. So it’s no surprise then that when Chance
mentioned that he met his wife at a Re/Max party on the 2019 track “Zanies and Fools,”
there was speculation about it boosting the brand. Chicago Business asked a marketing expert,
who noted, “[It’s] the best sort of endorsement because
Chance apparently isn’t being paid for this – he’s talking about Re/Max as part of his
life, and as an important part of his life.” They added that this, in turn, could translate
into positive brand recognition for his fans who might potentially think they should use
Re/Max when it comes time to shop for a home. Baptism ‘saved’ him Chance has made no secret of how important
his faith is to him, but as he told Nicki Minaj on her Queen Radio show, it was actually
his wife’s faith that helped him get through a low point in his life. While discussing his 2019 album, The Big Day,
Chance told his fellow rapper he wanted her to listen to his song “We Go High,” which
he claimed has the best verse he’s ever written. It’s an ode to the love of his life, his wife,
who he claims saved his life once she decided to become celibate and get baptized. The incident happened after Chance was apparently
unfaithful and the pair temporarily split. “I had to do the Grammys by myself. I had to do a lot by myself. Then when my girl was gracious enough to have
me back, it changed my whole life.” Secret on-screen role Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King
in 2019 features an A-list musical cast, from Donald Glover to Beyoncé – but there’s one
celebrity you might not even notice is in the flick: Chance the Rapper. Chance revealed his super secret – and kind
of strange – role during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in
July 2019. The rapper explained that the on-and-off-screen
gig came to be when his good friend, Donald Glover, told director Jon Favreau that Chance
was a big fan of the original flick. One thing led to another and he was eventually
brought on as, in his words, “a nostalgia consultant to tell [Favreau] what ’90s kids
like about Lion King.” That’s not all, though. He also apparently did some vocal work for
the film – but he had some trouble getting Fallon’s studio audience to believe him. “It’s very, very weird, I do like a lot of
the background noises. I’m dead serious.” The crowd still didn’t seem to be totally
convinced Chance was telling the truth, but he stuck to his guns. “In very small parts, like if you see an antelope
grazing. I’m so serious right now.” Is there anything Chance the Rapper can’t
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Comments (12)

  1. It’s good to hear he’s not being a sell out. Own ur own music everything works out when you believe on you.

  2. he also like$ doritos

  3. That's better doing it on your own

  4. That thumbnail tho 👀

  5. Has anyone ever noticed that he is always wearing a hat that has a three on it I wrote this before they mentioned the hat

  6. So rare to see a rapper live this kind of lifestyle, I love how he wears his pants up and not half way down his legs like most of these rappers do 🤣🤣🤣 If his faith has taught him anything then that should be something called “soul ties” that’s when you sleep around and its much more then physical. He’s really decent, I’m sure God will take care of him in his career. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  7. Chance is such a good dude. He’s donated a lot of money to Chicago Public Schools.

  8. 2nd Chance more like 😊 😯.

  9. What are your favorite Chance songs?

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