Chancellor Johnathan Bennett (born 16 April 1993), known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. Apart from his solo career, he is also a member of the Chicago collective Save Money, 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 on in May 2015. In May 2016, Bennett released the mixtape Coloring Book to further critical acclaim.
At Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. Following a 10-day suspension in early 2011 during his senior year for possessing marijuana on campus, Bennett recorded his first full-length project, a mixtape titled 10 Day (also known as #10Day). In December 2011, he released a song titled “Windows”, and publicly announced his 10 Day project. In February 2012, Bennett says he spent “about eight months recording, writing and making connections off of the hunger to put out something.”
Bennett released the mixtape on 3 April 2012 and it has since been downloaded over 300,000 times via Datpiff. The mixtape was well received locally and helped Bennett make connections with producers such as Chuck Inglish, Kenny Jame$, and Blended Babies. The mixtape grabbed the attention of Forbes magazine, which featured it in the publication’s Cheap Tunes column. Prior to writing and recording 10 Day, Chance The Rapper recorded the mixtape “Good Enough” and “The Back to School Pack EP.”
Chance released his second mixtape, Acid Rap, on 30 April 2013 on DatPiff. The mixtape features guest appearances from Twista, Vic Mensa, Saba, BJ the Chicago Kid, Action Bronson, Childish Gambino, and Ab-Soul. Acid Rap was strongly praised by music critics and fans alike. At Metacritic, the mixtape received an average score of 86, based on 21 critics, which indicates “universal acclaim.” It was also nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. On 6 May 2013, after being featured as the hidden track on Acid Rap, a song titled “Paranoia,” produced by Nosaj Thing, was released as a contribution to Yours Truly and Adidas originals “Songs from Scratch” series.
In 2016, Chance co-wrote and appeared on Kanye West’s album The Life of Pablo on the track “Ultralight Beam”, and also co-wrote “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”, “Famous”, “Feedback”, and “Waves”. Chance was also featured on a track titled “Need To Know” from hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. The following March, Chance was featured on Skrillex’s remix of Hundred Waters’ “Show Me Love”. On 16 April 2016, Chance and other musicians, including Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, and J. Cole, met with President Obama at the White House to discuss the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge initiative.
On 12 May 2016, Chance’s third mixtape, Coloring Book (promoted as Chance 3), was released, streaming exclusively on Apple Music. In the first week, the mixtape was streamed over 57.3 million times. Which was equivalent to 38,000 units sold, debuting at number 8 on the Billboard 200. While becoming the first release to chart solely on streams, this resulted in the Recording Academy announcing that streaming-only releases will be eligible for consideration for Grammy Award nominations. The mixtape was met with widespread acclaim from music critics. Receiving an average score of 90, based on 20 critics. Which indicates “universal acclaim”, from review aggregator site Metacritic. On 15 September 2016 Chance begins his Magnificent Coloring World Tour in San Diego.
The discography of Chance the Rapper, consists of One Album, four mixtapes and ten singles (including seven singles as a featured artist). Chance the Rapper released his debut mixtape, 10 Day on 3 April 2012. Chance received critical recognition.
Coloring Book (13 May 2016), Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) (with Lil B) (5 August 2015), Acid Rap (30 April 2013), 10 Day (3 April 2012).
As lead artist
“Summer Friends” (featuring Jeremih & Francis and the Lights) (2016 Coloring Book), “No Problem” (featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz) (2016 Coloring Book), “Somewhere in Paradise” (featuring Jeremih and R. Kelly) (2015 Non-album single), “Angels” (featuring Saba) (2015 Coloring Book).
“Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix)” (Hundred Waters featuring Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal) (2016 Non-album single), “All My Friends” (Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance the Rapper) (2015 All My Friends EP), “Church” (BJ the Chicago Kid featuring Chance the Rapper) (In My Mind), “Baby Blue” (Action Bronson featuring Chance the Rapper) (2015 Mr. Wonderful), “Confident” (Justin Bieber featuring Chance the Rapper) (2013 Journals), “Life Round Here” (James Blake featuring Chance the Rapper) (2013 Non-album single), “Three Course Meal” (Probcause featuring Action Bronson and Chance the Rapper) (2012 The Recipe Vol. 2).
Other charted songs
“Finish Line / Drown” (featuring T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane & Noname (2016 Coloring Book), “Smoke Break” (featuring Future) (2016 Coloring Book), “How Great” (featuring Jay Electronica & My cousin Nicole) (2016 Coloring Book), “All Night” (featuring Knox Fortune) (Coloring Book), “Juke Jam” (featuring Justin Bieber and Towkio) (2016), “Mixtape” (featuring Young Thug and Lil Yachty), “Same Drugs” (Coloring Book), “Blessings” (2016 Coloring Book), “All We Got” (featuring Kanye West and Chicago Children’s Choir) (2016 Coloring Book).