If you’re not in Chicago and are unable to go to Chance the Birthday party at Studio Paris, don’t worry, you can still wish the rapper extraordinaire a happy revolution around the sun.
Chance The Rapper, who celebrates turning 24 today (Apr. 16), might be getting ready to turn up, but he has managed to incorporate the people in his own festivities. From donating millions to the Chicago Public School system to making sure the impoverished have warm, new coats for the winter — Lil’ Chano from 79th is a man for the people.
His last project, Coloring Book, was a classic work of art that empowered those who believe in the message of the Creator. As he has continued to move that message forward to the front of the Billboard charts, pop culture consciousness and in the lives of those in-and-around Chicago — Chance has become an icon for all the right reasons.
With his brother, Taylor Bennett, reminding us all how special he is and will continue to be, we here at @Okayplayer have combed through our past stories, mixes and op-ed pieces involving the South Side rapper to bring you some must-see content. We’d be remiss to neglect his impact as one of the truest, coolest and most endearing forces in hip-hop, so check out his 2013 video, “Happy Birthday Chance The Rapper,” and these 15 stories about the wunderkind below.