Chicago's Chance The Rapper has succeeded in the music industry by going against the grain. He has turned down major label deals and remains independent. He has no commercial radio airplay. The only time you might hear his music on the radio is on public or college radio stations. He gives away his music for free. In an interview with The Guardian, Chance said this about giving away his music:
“If you can give away free music you can give away free electricity, free water,” he says. “Those tiny jabs at a larger infrastructure are what make revolutions. I’m not about to change the way the whole system works, but it’s just that thought that you could.”
With all of that, he has become one of the biggest hip hop artists right now! In addition to his many musical successes, he is active in his community in Chicago. From throwing free concerts for teenagers to running an anti-violence campaign, Chance has definitely made a mark on the youth of Chicago and beyond.
You can catch the soon-to-be-father and renaissance man peform at The Rave Oct. 16 for the Family Matters Tour. Tickets go on sale July 31 at 10am. In addition to purchasing tickets, you can get a special VIP experience for $100, which includes early entry, a meet & greet with Chance The Rapper, and a VIP laminated autographed poster. The VIP experience does not include a ticket to the show.
Check out our review of Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiement album Surf featuring Chance The Rapper. Surf is available as a free download.