Given Name: Chancelor Bennett
Early Life: Chance grew up in the Southside of Chicago and started rapping in high school when he formed a hip-hop duo with a friend called Instrumentality. During his senior year, he was suspended for 10 days “for weed related activities” and he used that time to record his first full-length mixtape, 10 Day, which he released on Datpiff a year later.
Career Highlights: His second mixtape, Acid Rap, which has guest appearances fromChildish Gambino, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Vic Mensa and Twista, was nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. He was chosen for this year’s XXL Freshman Class along with Rich Homie Quan, Kevin Gates, andAugust Alsina. In 2013, he turned down an offer to sign with TDE.
Sound: Chance has a gravelly, high-pitched voice that is both energetic and playful. He frequently raps over mellow, unfussy beats and has a stream of consciousness style to his flow. He’s also known for his introspective, revelatory lyrics and has discussed topics like existentialism, morality, feelings of racial inferiority, loneliness, and religion in his work.
Strengths: His unique sound makes him easily identifiable in collaborations and blends well with a multitude of genres, as in the Justin Beiber track, “Confident.”
What’s Next: Chance and Childish Gambino are working on an EP, though the release date is still a mystery.
Latest Track: “I Am Very Very Lonely”