Meet: Chance The Rapper
Raps just make him anxious and acid makes him crazy.
His Hood: Southside (Chatham)
Catch Him On: The Acid Rap mixtape (download at chanceraps.com), a nationwide tour alongside Mac Miller
Chano, Chatham’s own, is on the move. The 20-year-old dropped his highly anticipated sophomore mixtape Acid Rap in April to much acclaim—everyone from J. Cole to Jill Scott has given the Chi-Town native praise for what he’s doing. And he’s just getting started. With a nationwide tour alongside Mac Miller, a nationally televised MySpace commercial and record labels fighting for his partnership, Chance is on a high far greater than any acid trip could give him.
He met this girl when he was 10 years old:
"I'm a big R&B guy, a huge R. Kelly fan. That nigga's from Chicago and he went to high school with my momma, so I really fuck with him…I listened to a lot more R&B growing up, then when I was about 10 or 11, I started listening to Kanye…The first time I knew I wanted to rap, was probably after listening to College Dropout, the first time I recorded, I was like 12 or 13. I was ready, got all my shit together and recorded over two songs with Kanye beats and I instantly fell in love with it."
He told her in his heart is where she’ll always be:
"Chicago's got a super-rich culture. Musically, so many different genres come through Chicago... the blues movement, the origins of rock, house music and juke music, so getting a lot of that, a lot of it translates into my music. And Chicago beyond the music is just a very cultured city. I can't really describe it, but I'd definitely be a different person if I wasn't from there."
They wanna rap and make soul beats just like him, but they’re just not him:
"I have a different story to tell from any other nigga, but I think the reason a lot of people know more about Keef is because that movement was so blown up. I appreciate it because it brought light to Chicago in terms of the music scene, but beyond that, the gun violence efforts they're making in Chicago and the underfunded schools… I have a lot of shit to tell. If you listen to my music, I do like to spread a message of fun and love... Every song I want to have a certain amount of resonance and have people take it in and respect it. I can't necessarily tell you exactly what I want people to take from my music but I want people to listen to it. There are a million different things that they can take from it."
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