Chance the Rapper is a stylistically flexible, labelless rapper whose music combines the jubilation of gospel with the struggles of urban life.
Chance grew up in Chicago’s West Chatham neighborhood, where he made his mixtape debut 10 Day, inspired by, and written during, a high-school suspension of that duration. The mixtape received notice from the likes of Forbes Magazine and Childish Gambino, who took Chance on tour as his opener. Despite his growing popularity, Chance still took the time to visit local schools, having always had a deep connection to his community.
Acid Rap arrived in 2013, topping Billboard charts and increasing the number of labels looking to sign the independent rapper. Also that year, Chance appeared on Justin Bieber’s single “Confident,” broadening his mainstream appeal and leading to high-profile collaborations over the next few years with artists like Madonna, Action Bronson, Snakehips, and Kanye West. Chance was also heavily involved with the production and recording of Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment’s Surf.
Chance came out with Coloring Book in 2016, a triumphant sophomore album which reached number eight on the Billboard 200, and garnered seven Grammy nominations, winning the awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance for “No Problem.” This was the first album to win a Grammy having only been made available on online streaming platforms.
Following Coloring Book, Chance appeared on DJ Khaled’s singles “I’m the One,” and “No Brainer,” both Top Ten hits, and released four singles in 2017. His latest single is “Groceries,” released in 2019. Chance performs regularly and is often booked for private parties and corporate entertainment events.