Who is this rapper?
He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer 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 in May 2015.
Yes, you’re right. He is none other than Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, or more known professionally as Chance the Rapper.
Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago on Monday to announce that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.
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“Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions,” he said.
The announcement follows his meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner last week, where they discussed public education and other important issues affecting the city of Chicago and Illinois as a whole.
“Illinois’ education system is one of the most severely underfunded in the nation,” Chance The Rapper wrote on the website Social Works. “After years of being underfunded, the Chicago Public Schools system has been forced to cut teachers, supplies, and after school programs. Despite having already cut $260 million in costs internally, CPS was left a $215 million gap in their budget as of May 2016.”
Watch the press conference below.