Chance the Rapper, known formally as Chancelor Jonathan Bennett is the most notable break through artist of 2017. He positioned himself distinctly with a number of his top-charting songs that are both controversial and uplifting at the same time.

Known as a very outspoken lyricist from his works in his debut mix 10 Day, which is a heavy repertoire of his 10 day suspension in high school to his much acclaimed Acid Rap that has confessions of “cigarettes on cigarettes/My momma think I stank/I got burn-holes in my hoodies” kinda songs, his recent release “Coloring Book” is a step up from his old game.

The Good

One thing that I love about him is his newest release, Coloring Book. It is a full 58 minute of words that will dig through your core beliefs. Imagine delving deep into Christian ideologies, with references to some of the most iconic songs like “How Great is Our God”.

Chance the Rapper in Coloring Book, surprisingly packs in so much gospel verve that it sounds like Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir are singing as chorale. This plus Kirk Franklin somewhere deep leading us into the Promised Land. With noted appearances by materialistic heathens like 2 ChainzLil WayneYoung Thug, and Future  which thoroughly accounted for a mix of oddly uplifting spiritual songs that can affect even the most prophesied atheist.

The Bad

Amongst the good, comes in a quadruple amount of bad (or so they say) and with this guy, I’d opt to say that he is an easy prey for his poorly timed comments (online – Twitter) which has sent thousands upon thousands of nasty comments about his character (referring to his Kanye West commentary); this along with his unabashed statement at President Trump citing “I’d never support someone who’d talk about Chicago as if it’s hell on earth and then take steps to make life harder for the disenfranchised among us.”

Still Some Good

Amidst all that, we gotta give it to his hearty comments that are hinged to something true and real. Chano, is an artist unlike all the rest. First, he made history as he showed everyone that he can get nominated (and win) a number of grammy’s without a big label backing him up.

Second, is that He has stayed independent since 2012 till now, with the only tinge of any big name backing him was Apple getting an exclusive stream of “Coloring Book” for two weeks before it came out to the other streaming platforms. Now that’s something that “the man” could never alter. It says a lot about how one artist is slowly changing how this aged old industry works. He has actually given artists the chance to produce their own original music at their own discretion without the need to worry if labels will go for it or not.

And this is a first of many (i hope); but wait — that’s not all, Chano has recently been aiding campaigns in support of district schools with a donation amounting to 12million.

“As a parent and proud product of CPS, I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts,” Chance said. “Over the past month, I’ve crisscrossed the city, from Chatham to Chinatown, Humboldt Park to Hyde Park, visiting students and one thing is clear: if we invest in Chicago’s children, we’ll change the world.”

Chance the Rapper Here in the Philippines

It is such a good day to hear that Chance the Rapper is going to be performing here in the Philippines LIVE.

Chance the Rapper has included  Asia for the first time in Chance’s “Asia Run”. We will finally see the rapper perform in our midst. Shows listed are in Japan,  Philippines, and  Singapore.

The Japan tour dates will see Chance perform at the Summer Sonic festival in Osaka and Tokyo. Tickets for the Japan shows are available from Chance the Rapper’s web store now, with tickets for the Manila show set to release on June 27 and the Singapore show on June 22.