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Chance The Rapper hosts Grammy nomination party in Chicago


Last night, Chance The Rapper was surrounded by close friends and family at the Metro in Chicago, to celebrate his astounding seven Grammy nominations (read Chance’s full Grammy run down here). Chance’s nominations have made history, and the hometown hero is now forever in the record books — so yesterday called for a celebration.

Fellow artists and Chicago industry folks all showed up to show love. Eryn Allen Kane and The O’My’s performed prior to Chance taking the stage to speak to the crowd, where he shouted out a number of people and thanked everyone in attendance. There was so much love in the room — it was a special moment.

“Tonight we won, because I got nominated for a Grammy. And I don’t plan on waiting until February to figure out if I won or lost. I decided tonight that because I’m surrounded by my best friends, by my family, that tonight was the winning night and I wanted to celebrate with you guys here in Chicago.”

Chance later told the crowd “If I do win any Grammy’s on that night, I promise that when I get on the stage, I’m gonna say ‘Glory be to God, I claim the victory in the name of the Lord.'”

Watch the full video below. Salute to Chano.

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Chance The Rapper, BJ The Chicago Kid & Kanye West nominated for multiple Grammys


This is a big morning for Chicago music.

It comes as no surprise, but a major congrats to Chance The Rapper, who is up for one of the big four Grammy Awards, Best New Artist. On top of this major nomination, he’s dominated the hip-hop field, as he’s also up for Best Rap Performance (“No Problem”), Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Ultralight Beam”), Best Rap Song (“No Problem” & “Ultralight Beam”) and Best Rap Album (Coloring Book).

Also, hometown hero BJ The Chicago Kid has landed three major nominations as well for Best R&B Album (In My Mind), Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Woman’s World”) and Best R&B Performance (“Turnin Me Up”).

Kanye also raked up quite a few nominations per usual, including Best Rap Album for Pablo.

In summation, Kanye is up for a total of 8, Chance a total of 7, and BJ a total of 3.

See the full rundown below, and congrats to the guys. See you in LA in February.

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Watch Chance The Rapper perform at the White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


As President Obama’s term comes to a close, he continues to exit on the highest note possible, and last night be brought Chance The Rapper, Donnie Trumpet, Jamilia Woods and the rest of the crew to the White House to perform at the National Christmas Tree lighting. They performed “Sunday Candy” for the star-studded crowd, and you can even catch Sasha Obama singing along to Chano’s lyrics (which is awesome). In a later clip, Chance can be seen singing “Jingle Bells” alongside President Obama. Both videos can be seen below.

Also, Chance is back in Chicago on Monday (12/5) for a very special #OpenMike event at the Harold Washington Library at 4:45pm. Details for that are below as well.

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Chance The Rapper to write the foreword for Kevin Coval’s new book ‘A People’s History of Chicago’


In a feat only Kevin Coval could pull off, the Chicago renaissance man has tapped Chicago superstar Chance The Rapper to write the foreword for his new book, A People’s History of Chicago.

The book will include 77 new poems, one written for each and every neighborhood in Chi City. The book is set to drop on April 11th via Haymarket Books, and you can now preorder it right here.  Color me excited.

Update: also, Hebru Brantley will be handling all illustrations in the book. Another win.

Known variously as “‘the Windy City,”’ “‘the City of Big Shoulders,”’ or “‘Chi-Raq,”’ Chicago is one of the most widely celebrated, routinely demonized, and thoroughly contested cities in the world.

Chicago is the city of Gwendolyn Brooks and Chief Keef, Al Capone and Richard Wright, Lucy Parsons and Nelson Algren, Harold Washington and Studs Terkel. It is the city of Fred Hampton, House Music, and the Haymarket Martyrs. Writing in the tradition of Howard Zinn, Kevin Coval’s A People’s History of Chicago celebrates the history of this great American city from the perspective of those on the margins, whose stories often go untold. These seventy-seven poems (for the city’s seventy-seven neighborhoods) honor the everyday lives and enduring resistance of the city’s workers, poor people, and people of color, whose cultural and political revolutions continue to shape the social landscape.

Kevin Coval is the poet/author/editor of seven books including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and the play, This Iis Modern Art, co-written with Idris Goodwin. Founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, Coval teaches hip-hop aesthetics at the University of Illinois–-Chicago. The Chicago Tribune has named him “the voice of the new Chicago“ and the Boston Globe calls him “the city’s unofficial poet laureate.”

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