Who is Chance the Rapper?
Chancelor Jonathan Bennett professionally known as Chance the Rapper is a famous American rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Born and raised in Chicago, in 2012 he released his debut mixtape. He then began to gain mainstream recognition in 2013 after releasing his second mixtape, Acid Rap. In 2016, he released his third mixtape Coloring Book which garnered further critical acclaim and attention. It went on and earned him three Grammy Awards including the award for Best Rap Album; upon winning, it became the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy Award and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.
In 2019, his debut studio album The Big Day was released. Besides his solo career, he is a member of the Chicago collective Savemoney and is the vocalist for the band the Social Experiment, which released the album Surf in 2015, led by trumpeter Nico Segal. Also, he is involved in social activism in the Chicago community where he resides.
How Old Is Chance the Rapper?
He is 29 years old as of March 2023, having been born on April 16, 1993, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Chance the Rapper shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Sadie Sink, Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995), Max Dressler, and many more.
Chance the Rapper Family
Who are Chance the Rapper’s Parents?
He was born to Ken Bennett (Father) and Lisa Bennett (Mother). His father was an aide to the late Chicago mayor Harold Washington and then-Senator Barack Obama. Whereas his mother worked for the Illinois Attorney General.
Does Chance the Rapper have Siblings?
He has a younger brother by the name of Taylor Bennet (born on January 19, 1996) an American rapper. Both brothers began rapping at the same time and have a similar style. And also draw inspiration from fellow Chicago native Kanye West.
Chance the Rapper Education
He received his high school education at William Jones College Preparatory High School where he was a member of the Jewish Student Union. However, he was suspended for ten days after being caught smoking cannabis. After graduating from high school, he attended a community college for a week before dropping out.
Chance the Rapper’s Marital Status
He is married to the love of his life Kirsten Corley (born in 1993) an influencer entrepreneur, and former model. They married on March 9, 2019, at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California with guests including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Chance the Rapper Kids
He and his wife Kirsten have two kids. Two daughters by the name of Kensli Bennett (born in September 2015) and Marli Grace Bennet (born in September 2019).
Chance the Rapper Music Career
A Career from 2011-2012
While attending Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. During a school year in 2011, following a 10-day suspension for marijuana possession on campus, he recorded his first full-length project in a span of 8 months, a mixtape entitled 10 Day (also known as #10Day). In December 2011, he released a song titled “Windows” and publicly announced his 10-Day project. In February 2012, he was highlighted as one of Complex magazine’s “10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For”. On April 3, 2012, the mixtape was released by Bennett and since then it has been downloaded over 500,000 times via the mixtape-sharing site DatPiff. Also, the mixtape grabbed the attention of Forbes magazine, which featured it in the publication’s Cheap Tunes column.
A Career from 2012-2015
In July 2012, he appeared on American rapper Childish Gambino’s sixth mixtape, Royalty, on the track “They Don’t Like Me”. On April 30, 2013, he released his second mixtape, Acid Rap, on DatPiff. The mixtape was well received by critics and was nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. On May 6, 2013, the song “Paranoia” (produced by Nosaj Thing) after initially being featured as a hidden track on Acid Rap was released as a contribution to Yours Truly and Adidas originals’ “Songs from Scratch” series.
In 2013, he was featured in a commercial for MySpace as part of their relaunch alongside fellow American rappers Mac Miller, Pharrell Williams, and Schoolboy Q, among others. Acid Rap went on and debuted at No. 63 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in July 2013. In March 2014, he appeared in a shoppable online video for Dockers, promoting the brand’s spring line, in which he talks about his style, love for creating music, and how it feels to live in Los Angeles.
On May 5, 2014, XXL revealed he was included in their annual freshman class. Alongside fellow up-and-comers Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Vic Mensa, August Alsina, Troy Ave, Kevin Gates, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Lil Durk, and Jarren Benton. He and other artists participated in the Verge Campus tour during the Fall of 2014. In January 2015, he was listed as number 7 on the “Forbes 30 Under 30” 2015 music list. Along with boxer Mike Tyson, he worked with Madonna to write and feature on the track “Iconic” released that same month.
He and Lil B announced on July 19, 2015, that they recorded a collaborative mixtape. The two rappers released it on August 5, titled Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape). On October 13, 2015, he released a video for a new song titled “Family Matters” on his website. On October 27, 2015, he premiered a new song titled “Angels” featuring Saba on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He went on and performed on Saturday Night Live on December 12, 2015, on a new song titled “Somewhere in Paradise” which featured Jeremih and fellow Chicago artist R. Kelly. He expressed his regret about working with Kelly and apologized with a statement on Twitter.
A Career from 2016-Present
Bennet was a prominent figure on Kanye West‘s album The Life of Pablo in 2016, co-writing and appearing on several tracks including “Ultralight Beam”, “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”, “Famous”, “Feedback”, and “Waves”. He and other musicians, including Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, and J. Cole met with President Obama on April 16, 2016, at the White House to discuss the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge initiative. On May 12, 2016, his third mixtape, Coloring Book (promoted as Chance 3) was released, streaming exclusively on Apple Music.
At the 2016 ESPY Awards show on July 13, he along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar performed a tribute song titled “I Was A Rock” for the late Muhammad Ali. On September 15, 2016, he began his magnificent Coloring World Tour in San Diego. He then announced the Magnificent Coloring Tour with an event called Magnificent Coloring Day Festival at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field. With a lineup including Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Skrillex, Tyler, the Creator, and Lil Uzi Vert taking place on September 24, 2016. In February 2017, he performed at the 59th annual Grammy Awards receiving 7 nominations and winning 3 Grammys.
His performance featured Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann along with a gospel choir and orchestra conducted by Tom Brooks. He recited an original poem while performing an NPR Tiny Desk Concert on July 13. In July 2017, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his song “Last Christmas” which was performed on Saturday Night Live. That same year in November, he curated and headlined the Obama Foundation community event at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. In 2018, he featured on “Logout” a song from Saba’s album Care for Me, and “Best Life” from Cardi B‘s debut album Invasion of Privacy, and released 4 new songs in July.
During Super Bowl LII, he appeared alongside The Backstreet Boys in a commercial for Doritos. With the two artists performing a remix of “I Want it That Way”. That same year in Myas, he was featured in Ed Sheeran‘s song “Cross Me”. On July 26, 2019, he released his debut studio album The Big Day. It was announced in January 2020 that he will be the host of the reboot of Punk’d that will air on the streaming service Quibi. Nickelodeon announced in February 2020, that Bennet would be the host of the 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards on March 22. It was announced on October 11, 2022, that he would be the coach on the twenty-third season of The Voice in spring 2023.
Chance the Rapper Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 5ft 10 inches (1.78m) and a weight of 77kg (169 lbs).
Chance the Rapper’s Salary and Net Worth
From his music career, he earns greatly, as he has an annual income of $3 million+. And has a net worth of $25 million.