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Chance The Rapper covers GQ

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Another one.

Chano’s most recent feat? The cover of GQ Magazine. Just in time for the Grammys next month. In the very vibrant cover shoot and interview, they discuss a number of things including fatherhood, dealing with fame, money, family, Kanye, Grammy nominations and much, much more.

Chance truly is the textbook definition of can’t stop, won’t stop. Read the full interview right here. 

GQ: Your name, Chance the Rapper, is funny. A generational joke, in a way. But you’re nominated for seven Grammys. People are saying you’re going to be one of the greatest to ever do it.

CHANCE THE RAPPER: [laughs] I can super appreciate all that pressure. I’ll take that.

Your name seems more temporary than your talent, though. It’s too silly, in a way. Do you ever think about changing it or just going by Chance?

Yeah. I think it’s everything that you’re saying, but going in the opposite direction. My dad used to always say, “You need to change your name to Chance the Artist. This song, this is different.” I remember one day I was with Justin—my best friend, who has always been really good at school, really smart, really good at speaking to people. I remember my dad would introduce us to folks and they would ask, “What’re you going to be when you grow up?” Justin’s fucking 7 years old talking about, “I’m going to be a biomedical engineer.” You know, he’s just that guy. And I remember they asked me, and I said a rapper. And my dad laughed it off, like, “No, he doesn’t…” You know?

And I remember that shit used to bother the fuck out of me, because I thought Kanye West was the smartest man in the world. The best poet in the world. The freshest-dressed in the world. That’s what a rapper was to me, and I wanted everybody to feel that way about the word “rapper.” And “rapper,” to me, is pretty much synonymous with the word “black.” It’s a stigma where it’s like, “Damn, I heard Chance the Rapper. I didn’t think he was going to sound like that.” I hate that when you introduce yourself, and you’re a rapper, sometimes you gotta say, “I’m a musician.” Or, “I’m an artist.” “I’m a recording artist.” “I’m a vocalist.”

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Chance the Rapper joins DuSable Museum of African American History as board member

Chance can now add museum board member to his ever-growing resume, as Crain’s Chicago is reporting that Chano has just been added to the board of the DuSable Museum of African American History amid a recent shakeup.

Chance’s duties were not mentioned in the article, but you can expect some big things to come from this new role. Very dope.

Chance the Rapper is one of the newest board members at DuSable Museum of African American History in Washington Park. His appointment is part of a larger board makeover that includes six to eight new members. Another is Eric Whitaker, a physician and close friend of President Barack Obama. Chance’s assistant confirmed his appointment; Whitaker confirmed his to Crain’s.

DuSable Museum, one of the city’s 11 Museums in the Parks, was founded in 1961 by Margaret Burroughs, an artist and poet, and other prominent Chicagoans. Perri Irmer, a Chicago attorney and architect, was named CEO of the museum in 2015. Irmer plans to boost the museum’s presence in anticipation of the Obama Presidential Center, projected to open in 2021 in nearby Jackson Park.

The Midway Plaisance connects Jackson Park to Washington Park, which is north and west of Jackson Park. Washington Park was also under consideration as a site for Obama’s presidential library.

Plans for DuSable Museum include an app-based mobile museum for students, funded in part by the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation. In 2015, DuSable had about 100,000 visitors, according to Museums in the Park data. Its operating budget is about $4.1 million, according to its 2014 tax form posted on GuideStar, the nonprofit information website.

Chance and Whitaker add star power to DuSable’s board. Current high-profile trustees include artist Theaster Gates, who in 2015 proposed that University of Chicago take over programming for the museum; former Illinois Sen. Emil Jones Jr., and the Rev. Byron T. Brazier of the Apostolic Church of God in Woodlawn, according to the museum’s website. The website lists 14 trustees.

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Chance The Rapper & Jeremih join forces for holiday mixtape ‘Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama’

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Whoa.

No, you’re not dreaming. Yes, this is realer than Old Saint Nick. Christmas done came early this year, ladies and gentlemen, and it has come in the form of a brand new nine-song collaborative EP from Chance The Rapper and Jeremih.

Where did this come from? I don’t know. When did they record it? I can’t tell you that. But I can tell you that it’s a brand new endeavor filled with brand new music and holiday cheer. Two of my favorite artists on a whole album? Yeah this is a reality.

Listen now, and Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

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Chance The Rapper took over Saturday Night Live last night. Watch the full recap

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At this point, you’ve surely seen and heard that Chano stole the spotlight on the final Saturday Night Live of 2016 last night. Chicago Twitter was also sent into an uproar once Noname hit the stage to join Chance for a live performance of “Finish Line.” It was nothing short of amazing.

But the fun didn’t stop there, as Chance participated in not one but two SNL skits, including a remake of Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” dedicated to Barack Obama, as well as an MC Hammer-inspired 3 Wiseman skit. Yeah he pretty much ran the show.

He then closed out the episode with a live performance of “Same Drugs,” which was one of the best things I’ve seen and heard in 2016. It was brilliant.

Next time Chance is on SNL, he’ll be hosting. Mark my words. Watch a full recap of what you missed, or just watch again, below.

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Big Sean f/ Chance the Rapper & Jeremih – Living Single

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As he closes out 2016, Big Sean has taken note of how good the year has been to him. To celebrate the latest blessing, “Bounce Back” officially touching the Billboard Top 40, Sean Don lets loose the official version of “Living Single” with assists from Chano, Mih and Cam. A leaked version of this record surfaced a few months back that also had a Smino verse. Understandable, as this one’s on the lengthy side as it is. Hopefully, Smi links up with these guys on other projects, as I could definitely see every combination producing some fire.

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