Starting in the center of the soul and jazz movements, a rock and roll explosion, and the beginning of American electronic music, as we know it, Chicago, Illinois, Chance the Rapper has begun a storm that is taking over rap culture. With hometown influences, such as Kanye West, and growing up in a tremendous world of music, Chance has developed a unique rap style with emphasis on variation and lyricism. This diversified lyricist focuses his message on the shortness of life and its struggles, as a reflection of his experiences, all while remaining positive and showing appreciation for simple pleasures, life, and those he loves.
Making his first real recording at age 14, Chance the Rapper has held his aspirations for rapping since a very young age. To officially begin pursuing his dreams, Chance made his first steps with the formation of Instrumentality, a rap duo, in 2007 during his freshman year. However, with high school’s monotony, Chance found little interest in school and more happiness in dedication to life and music. In 2011, during Spring of Chance’s senior year, he had been under much suspicion by school officials. After being caught smoking weed off campus during school hours, Chance was given a 10 day suspension that would, not punish, but, unknowingly jumpstart his rap career.
During his 10 days off from school, Chance began recording his first album, #10Day, which would be released a year later on Datpiff free to listeners. With the unfortunate death of a close friend during the album’s creation, Chance was inspired to not give up on his dream by taking his chances for granted. His first album utilized lyrical
Chance The Rapper
Genre: Hip Hop
wordplay to describe his objectionable high school experiences and his seriousness about rapping, despite much opposition. Providing a wide range of melodies and musical feels, #10Day landed a spot on Forbes magazine’s “Cheap Tunes” column. With his first release, Chance caught the attention of Childish Gambino, who later asked him to open for his 2012 summer tour celebrating his Camp LP.
On April 30, 2013, after winning a spot on Complex magazine’s list of “10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For,” Chance released his second free album Acid Rap. His new album’s genius lyrics well accompanied with flawless beat instrumentation became instantly recognized among fans, both old and new. With influence from acid jazz, rock and roll, and electronic music, Chance depicts Acid Rap as a methodological experience with LSD that encompasses the happenings and thoughts of daily life. He describes his involvement with acid stating, “It just frees you and allows you to think outside of what you would, [I wanted] to not be as confined to one way of thinking.” In a way, Chance utilizes LSD as a vehicle into his subconscious, to bring out his unique take on the organization of society, his upbringing, and life’s journey.
With Chance the Rapper’s anti-society, pro-people attitude, he recently ended his tour titled “The Social Experiment,” having stopped at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on November 12, 2013. This summer, Chance appears on the lineups for over 10 festivals, including: Ultra, Buku, Counter.point, Hangout and Coachella. To celebrate his 21st birthday, Chance is headed out on a three-stop Birthday Circuit tour, where he’s set to play at the Ogden Theatre in Denver April 16, 2014. With a sound like his, Chance the Rapper’s Denver appearance is undoubtedly bound to blow fans away.
Written By: Andrea Inscoe
Upcoming Festivals: Ultra, Coachella, BUKU, Big Gum, Counterpoint, Hangout, Sasquatch, Governor's Ball, Firefly, Bonnaroo, Wireless