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Chance The Rapper’s Breakout Year

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For many artists, 2016 was a bit average; to others, a slight decline. Through it all, the young Chicago native Chance The Rapper wore a huge smile on his face – and with good reason. Since coming onto the scene five years ago, he has cemented himself as a mainstay hip-hop draw.

From his his first mixtape 10 Day to Acid Rap, and his most recent record Coloring Book, Chance has been able to make his presence known without releasing a studio album (yet). Coloring Book debuted on the Billboard 200 list at number 8, a  hefty feat in its own right.  A plethora of critics loved the mixtape, and on average he received a 90 score according to the Metacritic review aggregator.

In 2016 alone, Chance The Rapper accomplished what veteran rappers aspire to.  He co-wrote a few songs on Kanye’s album The Life of Pablo, in addition to making an appearance on the song “Ultralight Beam.” Ironically enough, “Ultralight Beam” is my favorite song on Kanye’s latest album. Chance The Rapper also experienced what many may consider a once in a lifetime moment by being surprisingly photobombed by Beyoncé.  See for yourself below:

The greatness of Chance The Rapper does not end with the latter accomplishments. He also performed “I Was A Rock” at the ESPY awards — a tribute song for the late great Muhammad Ali. In September, he hosted the first music festival at the U.S. Cellular Field located on the “troubling” south side of Chicago. At the age of 23, to be the first artist to do something of that magnitude speaks volumes. Unfortunately, he had to cancel his European shows due to a leg injury.  Once healthy again, he is sure to deliver in 2017.

To add sweet icing on the cake, Chance performed during the year’s final episode of SNL. In signature fashion with his number 3 fitted hat on, he provided a performance that will be remembered as a great moment in SNL’s storied catalog.

Chance The Rapper’s infectiously positive and optimistic demeanor, combined with his creative musical abilities, makes him a unique force in modern hip-hop.  MTV thought the same, aptly naming him Artist Of The Year. While there are no scheduled tour dates, performances, mixtapes, or album releases scheduled for 2017, we’d all be out of bounds to expect anything less than a progressive year ahead for this shining hip-hop star.

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About Kenon Lamont Thompson

Kenon Lamont Thompson is a chef, journalist/blogger, and photographer. Music has been a part of his life ever since he was a kid that earned a Walkman CD Player and MP3 player. When Kenon is not enjoying his time working (yes you read that right), he is usually having fun playing video games, participating in outdoor activities, and traveling.

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