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Chance The Rapper named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people of 2017’

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After the excellent and groundbreaking year that Chance The Rapper has had (and we’re only four months in, sheesh) it’s only right that Time Magazine has named Chano as one of their 100 most influential people of 2017 — an honor held by dignitaries, world leaders, and various celebs over the years.

For his debut entry, Time had fellow Chicagoan, Common, pen the dedication. You can now read it below, and check out the entire list right here. Congrats on another big W, Chance.

Years ago, my grandmother asked me to call her friend’s grandson. “I want you to give him some words of encouragement,” she said. “He wants to be a rapper.” She gave me his number, and I left him a message. I told him to keep following his dreams. Then I forgot all about it.

Years later, my teenage daughter played me a new mixtape she loved from an artist named Chance the Rapper. There was something unique and soulful about it—I could tell he really knew hip-hop. And when I first met him, I realized that he knew me too. “You won’t remember this,” he said, “but you called me when I was a kid.”

Chance upends expectations about what artists, ­especially hip-hop artists, can do. He streams his albums instead of selling them. He makes music from an unapologetically inspiring and Christian perspective—music that transcends age, race and gender. He gives back to his Chicago community. And he does it all as an independent artist, without the support of a label.

I’m glad Chance followed his dreams. I hope he always does.

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Rich Gains drops “Balance” featuring GLC, Leon Thomas III & Nate Mercereau

Rich Gains, who is one-half of brilliant production outfit the Blended Babies, is readying his official debut, Gains, which drops on April 28th. You already know the album is going to be chock full of grade-A instrumentation and rich and luscious production, but you don’t have to take my word for it. You can listen for yourself below, as we have some brand new material from Gains — this one featuring the ISM, as well as Leon Thomas III and Nate Mercereau on the guitar.

It’s truly beautiful baby, and it’s great to hear GLC back with Rich, making some of that CathedraL goodness yet again. Listen to “Balance” below and get some damn balance in your life, people.

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Vic Mensa, Wu-Tang Clan, Action Bronson & more to play Riot Fest 2017

It’s finally here. The official lineup of Riot Fest 2017. And our friends over there have done another fantastic job. Chicago star Vic Mensa will play alongside hip-hop legends the Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill and Mike D of the Beastie Boys. While Action Bronson and M.I.A. are also slated to play.

On the non-rap side, the fest was able to land Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and more. You can check out a full run down of the lineup below and buy tickets right here. 

Riot Fest takes place September 15-17th at Douglas Park.

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