Chance The Rapper continues to spread his Black Boy Joy!

Chloe Calcote, Feature Editor

Black History Month 2017 continues to be a success as a well known Chicago rap artist, Chance the Rapper won not one,not two,but three Grammys at the 2017 Grammy Awards. On Sunday, February 12, 2017 Chance the Rapper was nominated for seven Grammy Awards and proceeded to win three out of the seven. Chance won Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap performance, and Best Rap Album of 2016. Being a young black man from the south-side of  Chicago, he is currently paving the way for not only kids from Chicago but any child in America who doesn’t come from the best neighborhood but that has big dreams. Unlike many other artists from Chicago, since Chance has claimed his name for fame, he has not forgotten where he came from and where he was raised. Chance has several projects and concerts that he has dedicated only to the people of Chicago. In September of 2016, as a part of his “Coloring Book” tour, Chance held an immaculate family friendly concert, called the “Magnificent Coloring Day” at the U.S. Cellular baseball field, currently known as Guaranteed Rate Field. This concert featured many popular artists such as Alicia Keys, John Legend, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Skrillex, Tyler the Creator, Lil Uzi Vert, Common, and a surprise performance from the legend, Kanye West. Although this past presidential election was an upset for most, Chance organized a pre-election concert in Grant Park’s Petrillo Music Shell on Monday, November 7,2016. This concert was then followed by a march to a nearby voting site to encourage young adults to vote while trending the hashtag #paradetothepolls. Thousands of people followed Chance to the polls and casted their vote for the next President. According to many stereotypes about Chicago, it is very dangerous to have a large amount of people together at one time because of potential violence. However, during the parade to the polls, there was no violence.Chance the Rapper’s black boy joy has a way of bringing the city of Chicago together for the good and to promote positivity in the city. With all the negativity that we hear about in the city of Chicago every day in the news, it is very much uplifting to hear about someone who is from Chicago making positive moves. The Grammy awards have usually been known to be an award show for praising caucasian people because the awards are usually not accredited where credit is due, to African-American people that are truly making a difference as well. This year’s Grammy Awards was not an upset for the African-American culture because Chance the Rapper got his credit where it was due. Chance the Rapper has had the fastest “comeup” that anyone has seen in a long time. He went from just being known as a “Chicago artist” to having everyone around the country singing and rapping his songs. Chance accredits all of his success to no one other than God. Chance has never sold any of his music and refuses to do so; he takes pride in people being able to listen to his music for free. Although he is not signed with any record label company, he has collaborated on songs with well known artists such as, Future, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Kirk Franklin, Justin Bieber, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, and Kanye West, just to name a few. This isn’t something that is easy to  accomplish especially with the automatic stereotype that black males from Chicago get, but, with the help and guidance of God, Chance did it and continues to do it.