Hip-hop heads, did you know that Chicago rapper, Chance the Rapper, is actually related to legendary director, producer, writer, and actor, Spike Lee?
Born on April 16, 1993, Chance wasn’t even alive when Spike Lee released legendary films like Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X and of course, the classic Do the Right Thing.
After showing a keen interest in music at a young age as well as being inspired by fellow Chicago hip-hop artist, Kanye West, Chance dropped his first project, 10 Day, following a 10-day suspension from school in early 2011.
However, it was his 2013 mixtape, Acid Rap, which catapulted him into the rap game spotlight. Following the soulful, playful template of Kanye’s 2004 debut album, The College Dropout, the project was widely acclaimed by critics and hip-hop fans all over the world, having been downloaded over half a million times from DatPiff.
Acid Rap established the Chicago rapper as one of the hottest up-and-coming hip-hop artists; not long after the tape dropped, Chance was jumping on features with Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber, touring with Eminem and performing at Lollapalooza.
Chance was also included in the XXL Freshmen 2014 along with 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.