Chance the Rapper

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Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper performing live in November 2013
Chance the Rapper performing live in November 2013
Background information
Birth nameChancelor Jonathan Bennett
Also known asChano[1]
Born (1993-04-16) April 16, 1993 (age 29)[2]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • philanthropist
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • sampler
Years active2011–present
Associated acts

Chancelor Jonathan Bennett (born April 16, 1993), known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist[3] from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.[4][5]

Early life[change | change source]

Chancelor Jonathan Bennett was born to a middle-class family in Chicago, Illinois.[6] He studied at Jones College Prep High School.[7]

Music career[change | change source]

2011: Career beginnings and 10 Day[change | change source]

Following a 10-day suspension in early 2011 during his senior year for possessing marijuana on campus,[8] Bennett recorded his first full-length project, a mixtape titled 10 Day (also known as #10Day).[9]

2013–2015: Acid Rap and The Social Experiment[change | change source]

In 2013, Bennett began to gain recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap.[10] Apart from his solo career, he is also a member of the Chicago collective SaveMoney (along with frequent collaborator Vic Mensa), and has worked as the lead vocalist for the band The Social Experiment. They released the widely lauded album Surf in May 2015.

2016–present: Coloring Book[change | change source]

In May 2016, Chance released his third mixtape Coloring Book. It earned him three Grammy Awards, including for Best Rap Album. Coloring Book was the first streaming-only album to ever receive and win a Grammy nomination.[11]

Activism[change | change source]

On March 6, 2017, after a bad meeting with Governor Bruce Rauner only days before,[12] Bennett announced his plans to donate $1,000,000 to Chicago Public Schools[13] in order to help offset the lack of government funding provided.

Personal life[change | change source]

In July 2015, Bennett announced that he was expecting his first child with his girlfriend Kirsten Corley, whom he began to date in 2013.[14][15] In September 2015, Corley gave birth to their daughter, Kensli.[16][17] In May 2016, after they had stopped living together, Corley wanted the courts to declare Bennett as the father of their daughter, requiring him to pay child support.[18][19]

In February 2017, Bennett's child support case reopened in an attempt to work out child support terms and a parenting schedule as Bennett and Corley moved to separate residences.[20] On March 21, 2017, the dispute was settled out of court.[21][22] Corley and Bennett reconciled, and on July 4, 2018, they became engaged after 5 years together.[23] The two married on March 9, 2019.[24] Bennett is a Christian.[25]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kyle Kramer (December 10, 2013). "Listen to Two Recently Unearthed Mixtapes of Early Chance the Rapper Material". Complex. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  2. Josephs, Brian (April 16, 2015). "Happy Birthday, Chance the Rapper!". The Boombox. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  3. Kelley, Sonaiya. "Call him Chance the Philanthropist: He's donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools".
  4. Weiss, Jeff (May 7, 2013). "Chance The Rapper: Acid Rap". Chicago: Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 27, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. Jr, Juan Perez. "Chance the Rapper announces $1 million donation from Chicago Bulls to CPS".
  6. Bleakmax "Hear Chance The Rapper Join Brother Taylor Bennett on 'Broad Shoulders". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  7. "Chance The Rapper". SX Schedule. Austin, Texas: SXSW. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  8. Chance The Rapper (October 26, 2015). "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" (Interview). Interviewed by Stephen Colbert. CBS.
  9. "Chance The Rapper Talks Childish Gambino Cosign, Signing to CAA and New Mixtape". Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  10. Alexis, Nadeska (May 14, 2013). "Chance The Rapper Remembers Talking White And Fighting Black On Acid Rap". Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  11. "Chance The Rapper Makes History With Grammy Nomination". Forbes. December 17, 2016.
  12. Geiger, Kim. "Chance the Rapper, Rauner offer different takeaways from Friday meeting".
  13. Garcia, Juan Perez Jr , Monique. "Chance the Rapper writes $1 million check to CPS as a 'call to action'".
  14. "Chance The Rapper Oyster Magazine Interview". Oyster Magazine. Brooklyn, New York: Genius Media Group. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  15. Stutz, Colin (July 23, 2015). "Chance The Rapper Announces He's Expecting a Baby". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  16. "Chance The Rapper Welcomes His First Child, a Daughter". Fuse. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  17. "Chance The Rapper Talks Fatherhood, Black Lives Matter & a Secret Project with Stephen Colbert". Youtube.
  18. Stephens, Brittney. "It's Complicated: Get the Details on Chance the Rapper's Relationship Status". POPSUGAR Celebrity.
  19. Walsh, S.M. (13 February 2017). "Kristen Corley, Chance the Rapper's Girlfriend: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know".
  20. "Chance the Rapper Child Support Dispute Back in Court | Pitchfork". Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  21. "Agreement reached in Chance the Rapper child support case". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  22. "Chance the Rapper's Child Support Case Has Been Resolved". Spin. March 21, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  23. Perez, Lexy (July 4, 2018). "Chance the Rapper Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Kirsten Corley". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  24. Bueno, Antoinette (March 10, 2019). "Chance the Rapper Marries Kirsten Corley". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  25. Dark, David, "I Speak To God In Public: Chance The Rapper's Faith"za, MTV, May 18, 2016.

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