Happy Birthday, Chano: Here's 15 Special Stories About Chance The Rapper You Should Read

Happy Birthday, Chano: Here's 15 Special Stories About Chance The Rapper You Should Read

by Kevito
April 16, 2017 4:15 PM

Chance The Rapper, Kanye West Serve Blessings At Inaugural Meadows Festival

Photo of Chance The Rapper taken by Vickey Ford of Sneakshot for Okayplayer.

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.

As ’10 Day’ Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary, Chance’s Principal Speaks Out [Interview]

Chance The Rapper Is One Of The World’s Greatest Leaders, According To ‘Fortune’

Chance The Rapper Reveals The Numbers Behind His Apple Music Deal

Chance The Rapper Talks Fatherhood, Joy and Potentially Selling His Debut Album

Stream Taylor Bennett’s Free ‘Restoration of an American Idol’ Project ft. Chance The Rapper, Jeremih and More

Watch A Stunned Chance The Rapper Accept His First Grammy Award

Chance The Rapper + Hip-Hop Win Regardless – Now, The Grammys Can Win Too [Opinion]

Chance The Dropout? Hear Chance The Rapper Rhyme Over Kanye Beats on This Brilliant Mash-Up Project

Chance The Rapper, Jay Electronica & My Cousin Nicole Sing The Gospel In “How Great” Video

Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz Storm The Board Room w/ “No Problems” On Ellen

Jamila Woods & Chance The Rapper’s “LSD” Is A Beautiful Love Letter To Chicago

The Church Of Chance: ‘Coloring Book’ + The Beauty Of Defiant Joy

Kendrick Lamar Joins Chance The Rapper Onstage At Chicago’s Teens In The Park Fest

Chance The Rapper Relaunches City-Wide #FaithInAction Non-Violence Campaign In Chicago

Chance The Rapper Speaks At Harvard On Misogyny & Violence In Hip-Hop

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