Chance the Rapper Essentials

Chance the Rapper Essentials

Aside from having done more to make the number 3 ubiquitous in pop culture than anyone since Babe Ruth, Chicago's Chancelor Bennett has, in just a few short years, reinvented what it means to be an independent rap star. By distancing himself from the complications of having to sell and market music for a label (“I don't make songs for free, I make ‘em for freedom,” he raps on “Blessings”), he's had full autonomy to not just follow his bliss but to promote the very idea of bliss. His 2016 breakthrough Coloring Book and his feature on Kanye West's “Ultralight Beam” trade heavily in gospel influences and themes, but the idea of finding hope and pride in the most dire of circumstances is a continuing theme across a variety of musical styles, including the Chicago juke rhythms featured on “Sunday Candy,” from his project with Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment.

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