A portrait of Chance as a young man.
Chicago's YouMedia has been acknowledged for its role in fostering the city's rich hip hop scene. Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Vic Mensa, and other Chicago artists who are now well-known across the country used to flock to the arts center for a weekly open mic. Earlier this week, the YouTube account GOAT Videos uploaded an interview with a 15-year-old Chance that was filmed at YouMedia.
Young Chance speaks with his friend J-Emcee about a song he wrote called "Beddy Bye."
“I’ver known Justin since I was 8 years old,” he said. “My dad was Barack Obama’s campaign manager for a long time and he recently moved to D.C. and I found out that I was moving too, and we wrote ‘Beddy Bye’ a little while ago. It’s definitely real, it was a hard song to write. I think I rewrote it 8 or 9 times.”
Watch the interview and check out Chance in our collection of rappers rapping before the fame.