Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper is a very popular and successful rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and social activist from the USA. A Chicago, Illinois native, Chance the Rapper released his first mixtape at the age of 19. 10 Day was released in 2012. However, mainstream recognition didn’t really arrive for Chance the Rapper until the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. The mixtape received widespread critical acclaim. His third mixtape Coloring Book was released in 2016 and it helped him garner more critical acclaim. It also helped Chance the Rapper earn three Grammy Awards. The mixtape won the Grammy for the best rap Album, becoming the first ever streaming-only album to receive a Grammy Award. Coloring Book went on to climb all the way to number eight on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. After all the incredible success, Chance the Rapper released his debut album, The Big Day on July 26th, 2019. The album’s subject material was highly influenced by Chance the Rapper’s marriage in March 2019. The album went on to climb all the way up to number 2 on the Billboard 200 charts, the highest charting album of Chance the Rapper’s career till date. Aside from his music career, Chance the Rapper also has a membership in the Chicago collective SaveMoney. Chance the Rapper also performs lead vocal duties for the hip hop band The Social Experiment. The band released a hip hop, neo-soul inspired album Surf in May 2015. The band also features famous trumpet player Nico Segal. Chance the Rapper also works extensively with the Chicago community in which he resides. Chance the Rapper is one of the most successful and admired rappers in today’s music scene. As a result of his incredible musical success, he has already amassed quite a fortune for himself. As of 2020, Chance the Rapper’s net worth is $33 million.
Chance the Rapper: Net Worth, Life and Career
When was Chance the Rapper born?
Chancelor Jonathan Bennett was born on April 16th, 1993. He was born in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. Chance the Rapper was born in a well to do family. Chance the Rapper’s father, Ken Williams-Bennett, served as an aide to both Chicago mayor Harold Washington and then-Senator and future President Barack Obama. Chance the Rapper’s mother, Lisa Bennett, worked in the office Illinois Attorney General. Chance the Rapper’s brother Taylor Bennett is also a rapper. Chance the Rapper was raised in West Chatham on the Southside of Chicago. It was a middle class neighbourhood. When Chance the Rapper turned 16 years old, his father started working in the United States Department of Labor. That happened during the first term of President Barack Obama. Chance the rapper eventually got a chance to meet President Obama and he expressed his desire and aspiration to be a professional rapper. Barack Obama famously responded to that by saying “word”. When Barack Obama won his first term in 2008, Chance the Rapper’s family had planned to move to Washington D.C. However, those plans were eventually dropped.
Where did Chance the Rapper study?
Chance the Rapper studied at the Jones College Prep High School. While at school, Chance the Rapper was an active member of the Jewsih Student Union.
Chance the Rapper: Music Career
Chance the Rapper became very interested in music after becoming a massive fan of Michael Jackson. Until he reached the fifth grade, Chance the Rapper exclusively listened to Michael Jackson’s music on audio cassettes. Chance the Rapper spoke about the impact of Michael jackson on his life as a young music fan: “I think even before I knew I wanted to be a rapper, I wanted to be an entertainer. I was really into Michael Jackson as a kid.” Chance the Rapper’s parents were also huge fans of music and he listened to a lot of music while growing up. Here’s what Chance the Rapper said about the nascent stages of his music career: “I made the decision that I was going to make rap music in, like, fourth grade, so it’s been something I was saying for a long time.” Chance the Rapper’s parents played music by artists like Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday and other jazz and gospel stars. Chance the Rapper became interested in hip hop after listening to Kanye West’s Through The Wire on the radio while he was walking through Chicago’s famous Hyde Park. Chance the Rapper eventually picked up the album that featured the song. It was on Kanye West’s debut album The College Dropout. Chance the Rapper listened to that album repeatedly and it has had a massive impact on him. According to Chance the Rapper, he was inspired to become a rapper after listening to Kanye West. Chance the Rapper eventually met Kanye West in 2014, during the Bonnaroo Music Festival.
Chance the Rapper started rapping regularly by the time he was in the sixth grade. His cousin had a studio and he let Chance the Rapper use it. During his freshman year at the Jones College Prep High School , Chance the Rapper formed a hip hop duo called Instrumentality. Chance the Rapper also started performing frequently at the YOUmedia Lyricist Loft at Harold Washington Library in Chicago. Chance the Rapper finished second in a local songwriting contest and earned a chance to meet the Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley. The Mayor was a fan of Chance the Rapper’s music. He spent a majority of his junior and senior high school years writing material for his debut mixtape 10 Day. It’s title was probably inspired by the 10 day suspension that Chance the Rapper had received after he was caught smoking Cannabis.
Chance the Rapper didn’t receive a lot of support from his family during his early days as a rapper. His father wasn’t in the favour of Chance the Rapper forgoing college and forging a career in the music industry. He wanted his son to have a proper education and a more stable career.
Chance the Rapper released his first ever mixtape 10 Day in the year 2011. The mixtape was a sleeper hit but it got a mention in a Forbes Magazine column.
In the year 2013, Chance the Rapper released the far more successful mixtape, Acid Rap. The mixtape was a big hit and was downloaded over one million times. Acid Rap was also nominated for a BET Award. Acid rap was also Chance the Rapper’s first ever entry into the Billboard charts as the album peaked at number 63 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album was also mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine’s and NPR Music’s favourite albums of 2013 list. Chance the Rapper also appeared on Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet album which was released in the same year.
In 2015, Chance the Rapper released Mr. Happy, a short film about someone who has depression and suicidal thoughts until Mr. Happy comes along.
In 2015 itself, Chance the Rapper released the album Surf with his hip hop band The Social Experiment. Chance the Rapper also went to perform with Kendrick Lamar and appeared on a mixtape released by Lil’ B. He also debuted his song ‘Angels’ on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ and then another titled ‘Somewhere in Paradise’ on Saturday Night Live.
In 2016, he was featured in Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ and even wrote a few of the songs on the album including ‘Famous’ and ‘Waves.’
Chance the Rapper also featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ album titled this ‘Unruly Mess I’ve Made.’
In 2016, Chance the Rapper released his third and most successful mixtape, Coloring Book. The mixtape won three Grammy Awards, becoming the first ever streaming-only album to do so. It also climbed all the way to number eight on the Billboard 200 album charts, making Chance the Rapper a truly global superstar. Soon after that, Chance the Rapper embarked on his Magnificent Coloring World Tour in San Diego. Chance the Rapper released his debut album The Big Day in 2019. The much anticipated album was a big hit and climbed all the way up to number two on the Billboard 200 charts. Stylistically, the album was described as pop-rap and gospel-rap by music journalists. The album is heavily influenced by Chance the Rapper’s marriage to Kirsten Corley in March of 2019. The album also features contributions from Chance the Rapper’s brother, Taylor Bennett.
What is Chance the Rapper’s net worth?
Chance the Rapper is only 26 years old but he is already one of the most successful and popular rappers in the world today. His mixtapes have broken numerous download records and his albums have done very well on the Billboard 200 charts. He is a dedicated social activist and has worked hard towards improving the conditions in Chicago. As of 2020, Chance The Rapper’s net worth is $33 million.
Chance the Rapper: Career Highlights
Here are some of the best highlights of Chance The Rapper’s career:
- BET Awards, Humanitarian Award, (2017) – winner
- Grammy Awards, Best New Artist, (2017) – winner
- Primetime Emmy Awards, Outstanding Original Music, and Lyrics, (2017) – Nominee
- Grammy Awards, Best Rap Performance, (2017) – winner
- Grammy Awards, Best Rap Album, (2017) – winner
- Kids’ Choice Awards, Favorite Song, (2018) – nominee
Chance the Rapper: Best quotes
“Something I try to instill in others is to just be a good person. It’s a decision you make a million times a day. But if you just keep trying, good stuff comes to you in an ordained way.”
“Depending on the story that you’re telling, you can be relatable to everybody or nobody. I try and tell everybody’s story.”
“Clean up the streets so my daughter could have somewhere to play.”
“The people’s champ must be everything the people can’t be.”
“Both of my parents graduated from high school, both attended college, both have government jobs now. They’ve always been very adamant about me finishing high school and finishing college.
“This my part, nobody else speak. This little light of mine, Glory be to God, yeah. I’mma make sure that they go where they can’t go, if they don’t wanna ride, I’mma still give ’em rain coats.”
“Music can kind of make you one-dimensional. People see what’s on the surface and what you rap about, and they make their decision on who you are from there.”
“I make my money off of touring and merchandise. And I’m lucky I have really loyal fans that understand how it works and support.”
“I’d say it’s very forward. Everything you write as an artist is about your legacy and your catalog, and how you would look in a museum.”
“I don’t really have control over my direct impression on people anymore. I used to be the person putting my CD in people’s hands. But I’m kind of a mainstream artist now. Not by choice.”
Chance the Rapper is one of the biggest rappers in the world today. As of 2020, Chance the Rapper’s net worth is $33 million. He is only 26 years old and his popularity is increasing every day. So his net worth is bound to increase a lot over the coming years.