Chance The Rapper


Chance The Rapper talks Grammys, Dad life, Chicago & more in new Complex cover story

Everyday is a new adventure for Chano, and today his feat is the new cover of Complex Magazine. In fact, he makes history by being the first video cover boy — it’s a new era, so who better to roll it out with than Chance. My point exactly.

In this great new cover story, Noah Callahan-Bever travels to the Chi for a sitdown with Chance, where they discuss Dad life, his Grammy wins, record labels tryna stop him and much, much more.

On the song “No Problem,” you say, “If one more label tries to stop me.” What have labels done to try to stop you?
Push me out of headline positions, so that their artists could be a headliner or, like, not cleared songs. Certain songs didn’t get cleared; the samples that were good to go didn’t get cleared.

Do you feel like that has to do with spite for your independence?
Yeah. And I mean, it’s not like a big conspiracy theory. It’s just like, niggas wanted to make money off me and I said no. In a lot of positions where it’s either them getting the money or me, of course they’re gonna step in the way. Also, I’ve in the past told people they shouldn’t sign with certain people. And it’s not ’cause I want them to sign with somebody else. It’s just ’cause I met that person and they’re not good people. So, I tell them that, and when [labels] hear that back, they tell other people bad shit about me. The cool thing is the shit about me ain’t true, so I’m not worried, but it is like a little bit of a high school thing.

Read the full piece here, or watch the video down bottom. Another week, another W for Chano.

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Chicagoans Call For A Boycott of Sun-Times

Yesterday, for reasons still unclear to me (and most), the Chicago Sun-Times ran a hit piece of Chance The Rapper, just days after he pledged a $1 million dollar donation to Chicago Public Schools. The donation was a sign of goodwill that inspired a sea of change throughout the entertainment industry — garnering acclaim globally. But this wasn’t some savvy PR move, this is real Chance. This is the school system that raised him and his family, and a cause he firmly stands behind. He’s out to create change and he’s always played by his own rules.

That said, the attack on Chance by writer Mary Mitchell seemed like an orchestrated hit. From who? Well, I’ll let you decide that. But Mary’s piece called into question Chance’s child support issue with the mother of his daughter. I’m not even going to get into that, because that should be a private matter, and they are together — not to mention I’m friends with both. But I will say that the article was ridiculous and unnecessary. It was a deliberate attack on a man who has done nothing but uplift his city. True, Chance is a public figure, but let’s be clear that it this an attack. Gotta move papers, right? I get it, but come on…

I was offline for most of yesterday, but when I returned, I quickly caught up on the tomfoolery. People weren’t happy with the Sun-Times or Mary Mitchell. In fact, I can only imagine what her mentions looked like yesterday. But if you know anything about Chano’s career, then you know his fans are serious. They’re ride or die. And they WEREN’T going for this article. So much in fact, that a group of fans have started an online petition calling for a boycott of the Chicago Sun-Times: ‘Defend Chicago’s Own Chance The Rapper: Boycott the Chicago Sun-Times’

Says the petition:

Yet despite his efforts, Mary Mitchell, a columnist for Chance’s hometown paper the Chicago Sun-Times, penned an op-ed entitled, ‘Child-support spat could hurt Chance the Rapper’s image,’ in a clear effort to defame Chance’a character after he took the Governor to task for choosing political self interest over Chicago’s children.

I believe we as the people have grown tired of newspapers running nonstories and alternative facts that reek of political influence in attempts to uplift those who could care less about our city, while knocking down our true champions.

I am calling on Chicago to send a clear message to the Sun-Times that such tactics will not be accepted. Chicago is taking a stand for Chance, like he has taken a stand for the city.

You can sign the petition here.

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Updated: Chance The Rapper to host press conference today at Westcott Elementary School

Today at 2pm CST, Chance The Rapper will be hosting a press conference at Chicago’s Oliver S. Westcott Elementary School in his native Chatham neighborhood. Chance will be livestreaming the press conference on his Instagram.

This press conference will no doubt focus on CPS funding as well as his disappointing meeting with Governor Bruce Rauner, which took place last Friday. Details on the press conference are scarce at this time, but you can expect some big words and developments from Chance, who is personally leading this crusade to help save schools in Chicago. Stay tuned for more details.

Thank you Chance.

Update: Hours before Chance’s planned press conference, Governor Rauner has announced two potential plans to help fund the cash-strapped CPS. The Chicago Tribune just shared his ideas:

The first option presented by Rauner Monday includes passing legislation that would allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to tap into the city’s Tax Increment Financing funds to cover the cost. The other once again ties the money to passage of a larger overhaul of the state’s pension retirement program.

“However, given the extraordinary mismanagement of both the city and CPS budgets, legislation could be enacted to authorize a one-time mayoral transfer of $215 million from Chicago TIF funds to CPS,” wrote Michael Mahoney, Rauner’s deputy chief of staff for policy and legislative affairs.

For Rauner, the two options are a way to respond to public pressure from Chance the Rapper while also putting the onus elsewhere. The TIF district idea makes coming up with the money the problem of state lawmakers, Emanuel and potentially aldermen. The pension idea, if executed, would get Rauner a long-sought item from his legislative and economic wish list while requiring Democrats who control the General Assembly to go against their union allies that oppose the changes to the retirement system.

Read the full Tribune piece here.

Update: Chance The Rapper has donated $1 million dollars to Chicago Public Schools. You can donate here.

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Governor Bruce Rauner cancels meeting with Chance The Rapper, and he’s unlikely to reschedule

Update 4:45pm: A few hours ago, Chance announced on Twitter that his meeting with Governor Rauner is back on, and is scheduled for tomorrow morning (Friday). We’ll keep you updated with more details as they become available.

On Monday, Chance The Rapper took to Twitter to announce that he was scheduled to meet with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner — an unprecedented move for any musician or non-government figure. The idea of the meeting was sparked after Governor Rauner publicly congratulated Chance on his three Grammy wins on Twitter last month. Chance responded by asking for a meeting, which Governor Rauner granted earlier this week.

However, due to the tornadoes that tragically tore through Illinois, Rauner canceled his meeting with Chance. Rightfully and understandably so. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families who were affected. But as of now it appears the Governor has no plans to reschedule his meeting with Chance, where Chance planned to discuss funding for education in Chicago — a very serious issue.

Chance has been very public with chronicling the details of their supposed meeting, and has yet to announce a reschedule date, which leads me to believe Rauner is blowing off the hometown hero. We hope not, because this is a rare and unique opportunity for Rauner to repair his image within a city and community that already distrusts his regime. And an opportunity to make good on broken promises and overlooking communities who need help the most.

Yesterday, Ben Joravsky of the Chicago Reader posted an incredible piece on Chance’s now-canceled meeting with Rauner, and what they should discuss should another meeting come about. You can read the entire piece here (which I highly suggest you do), and read choice excerpts below:

So as a civic service, I’d like to offer some advice to help Chance get through all the BS Rauner is about to throw his way.

Let’s start with the Chicago Public Schools. They’re broker than usual and looking to chop 20 days from the school-year, including 13 days of instruction, in part because Rauner vetoed a $215 million appropriation CPS had been expecting.

Rauner says he won’t send that money to CPS until Mayor Rahm and his school aides sign on to pension “reform”—a claim he’s undoubtedly going to make to Chance. As he makes it pretty much wherever he goes.

So here’s my first piece of advice for Chance: Never believe anything an Illinois politician—particularly a Republican—says about reform…

….My second piece of advice for Chance: Call Rauner on his BS.

Rauner will probably also try to convince Chance that he has nothing to do with CPS’s pending bankruptcy. He’ll say it’s the result of bad decisions made by elected officials who came before him.

Here I must confess he has a point—there have been many bad decisions over the years.

In particular, thanks to a law passed in 1995, Mayor Daley was free to take the money he should have spent on teacher pension obligations and spend it on other things—some of which were worthwhile, like building new schools, and some of which were not.


You can also check out Rauner and Chance’s Twitter dialog below. We’ll keep you posted when more information becomes available to us. Hopefully, the Governor reconsiders, and gives Chance the chance to be heard. It’s important for all of us.

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Chance The Rapper takes Katie Couric to Harold’s for an in-depth interview

Where the fuck is Matt Lauer at? Somebody get Katie Couric in here. Welp, she’s in here. Harold’s Chicken in Chicago to be exact — for a super in-depth interview with fresh-from-his-Grammy-win Chance The Rapper. Chance rarely does interviews, so this is super insightful.

They talk about a number of topics including Fatherhood, the Grammys, Chicago, being a family man, Kanye West, Dave Chappelle, Barack Obama and much, much more.

It’s called “The Magnificent Rise of Chance The Rapper” and you should definitely watch it below.

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