16 March 2018 | Community

Chance the Innovator

Chance the Rapper, Innovator of the Year with SocialWorks


Written by John Shepherd

Ok so let’s just take a minute to talk about how awesome Chance the Rapper is. Personally, I’ve been pretty obsessed with Chance every since Kanye went a little bit weird and became too hard to love, Chance picked up that vintage Kanye Hip Hop vibe and ran with it. 

Once I heard, ‘Acid Rap’ Chance’s second mixtape, I was hooked. Chance brings a rich Hip Hop sound that sits up there with old school Kanye and Jay Z for me. Those heavenly beats, Gospel choir, sharp rhyming couplets, it’s soulful Hip Hop, but it’s not just his music that’s uplifting. 

On Sunday, at the iHeart Radio Awards, Chance was given the Innovator Award for his '“groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry and his unsurpassable contributions to social causes.” 

Chance isn’t just one of the best rappers on the planet, a fashion designer, and record producer, but also a philanthropist that is doing great things for his home city, Chicago. 

Chance was selected for the ‘Innovator Award' due to the work he does with his youth empowerment charity, SocialWorks. 

'SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago.’ 

Last year, Chance donated $1 million to schools in Chicago to fund arts and enrichments programmes, SocialWorks also received a donation from Google to nurture talent and creativity for children in the city. 

Chance has an ‘OpenMike’ programme, giving students in Chicago an outlet to express themselves creatively. The SocialWorks approach is 'to inspire creativity, to build dreams, to let you be, you’

Chancellor Bennet breaks with convention, he’s still unsigned, choosing to forge his own path, put out music when he wants to, he makes his own rules. At 24 years of age, Chance has a great understanding of how he should be using his platform and his wealth. It’s already been a huge year for Chance, after winning Best New Artist at The Grammies last month, it’s great to see that not only his music, but also his social action is starting to get the acknowledgment it deserves.