Chance the Rapper Biography

Chance the Rapper real name:Chancellor Johnathan Bennet born in West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois on April 16, 1993 and is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist.His father Ken Williams-Bennett, worked for the city’s mayor and later for Barack Obama when he was a senator. Young Chance began rapping under the name Chano and formed the group Instrumentality with a friend, J-Emcee.

Bennett is now a Christian and refers to Jesus Christ in many of his songs. Bennett who was raised as a Christian by his grandmother but later fell out of the faith rediscovered his faith when his daughter was born with atrial flutter. Speaking about the situation, Bennett said “I just pray a whole lot, you know, and need a lot of angels and just see shit in a very, like, direct way. And…you know, God bless everything, it worked out well.” Bennett wrote on Twitter following the situation on January 31, 2016, “Today’s the last day my old life, last day smoking cigs. Headed to church for help. All things are possible thru Christ who strengthens me.”

Bennett has labelled himself as a Christian rapper following the release of his mixtape Coloring Book. Bennett believes that God is to thank for his blessings and his career being successful.

Chance the Rapper Education

Chance the Rapper attended  Jones College Prep High School and it is here that he began nurturing his talent by forming the hip-hop duo Instrumentality with a friend.

Chance the Rapper Music Career

While at Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. Following a 10-day suspension in early 2011 during his senior year for possessing marijuana on campus, Bennett recorded his first full-length project, a mix tape titled 10 day.

In December 2011, he released a song titled Windows and publicly announced his  10 project.Chance then released the mix tape on April 3, 2012 and it has since received massive downloads, that is over 300,000 times.

The album got a good reception locally and this helped Bennett make connections with producers such as Chuck English and Blended Babies.After a successful appearance on Childish Gambino’s album on the track-They don’t like me-, Chance released his second mix tape ‘Acid rap on April 30, 2013.The album got a very good reception that it was nominated for Best Mix tape at the 2013’s BET Hip Hop Awards.

The album led to Chance being featured in many commercials  and also awards.

It was on May 28, 2015 that the album Surf was released for free on the American iTunes store and it received high acclaim from music critics, receiving an aggregate score of 86 on review site Metacritic, which indicates “universal acclaim,” based on 17 reviews.

On July 19, 2015, Chance and Lil B announced that both of them had recorded a collaborative mix tape and they released it on August 5, titled  Free Based Freestyles Mix tapes.On October 27, 2015, Chance premiered a new song, titled “Angels” featuring Saba.

The third free mix tape from Chance, dropped in May 2016. Again, an eclectic range of guests accompanied him, among them Kanye West, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, T-Pain and Justin Bieber. The single “No Problem” was an instant hit and the album became the first ever to chart on the Billboard 200 just from streaming after receiving 57.3 million in its first week alone.

Chance the Rapper Family

Ken Williams-Bennett(father) was working for Barack Obama, when he was a senator. His mother, Lisa Bennett. She works in the government office and owns Tobacco fields in North Carolina. Chance the Rapper has younger brother Taylor, who came out as bisexual in the beginning of 2017. He is not married, but he has a daughter born in 2015, her name is Kensli.

Chance the Rapper Wife

In terms of relationship Chance was said to date Kirsten since 2013 however during the couple of years that Chance and Kirsten were together, their relationship was constantly on and off and by May 2016,  they had stopped living together.

Chance the Rapper Children

Though  separated at the moment Chance the Rapper and his former girlfriend Kirsten have a daughter together who was born in September 2015.

Chance the Rapper Awards And Nominations

BET Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2017 Chance the Rapper Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
Best New Artist Won
Coloring Book Album of the Year Nominated
“No Problem” (with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) Best Collaboration Won

BET Hip Hop Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2013 Acid Rap Best Mixtape Nominated
2016 Coloring Book Won
Chance the Rapper Best New Hip Hop Artist Won
Lyricist of the Year Nominated
2017 Nominated
Hot Ticket Performer Nominated
MVP of the Year Nominated
Hustler of the Year Nominated
“I’m the One” Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse Nominated

Emmy Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref
2017 “Last Christmas” — Saturday Night Live Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated

Grammy Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref
2017 Chance the Rapper Best New Artist Won
“No Problem” (with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) Best Rap Performance Won
Best Rap Song Nominated
“Famous” (as songwriter) Nominated
“Ultralight Beam” (with Kanye West, Kirk Franklin, The-Dream and Kelly Price) Nominated
Best Rap/Sung Performance Nominated
Coloring Book Best Rap Album Won

iHeartRadio Music Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref
2017 Chance the Rapper Best New Hip-Hop Artist Won
Best New Artist Nominated
2018 Innovator Award Won

MOBO Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2016 Chance the Rapper Best International Act Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2016 “Angels” (with Saba) Best Hip-Hop Video Nominated
2017 “Same Drugs” Nominated
“I’m the One” (with DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo and Lil Wayne) Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards Japan

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2016 “Angels” (with Saba) Best Hip Hop Video Nominated

NAACP Image Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2017 Chance the Rapper Outstanding New Artist Won
Outstanding Male Artist Nominated
Coloring Book Outstanding Album Nominated

Soul Train Music Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2016 Chance the Rapper Best New Artist Won
“No Problem” (with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) Rhythm & Bars Award Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
2017 Chance the Rapper Best Gospel/Inspirational Artist Nominated

Teen Choice Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2017 Chance the Rapper Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
Choice Breakout Artist Won
“I’m the One” (with DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo and Lil Wayne) Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song Won

Chance the Rapper Films/Filmography

Year Show Role Notes
2013 The Eric Andre Show Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show
2014 Black Dynamite Bob Marley Voice role
2015 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Himself
Saturday Night Live Musical guest
2016 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2017 Wild ‘N Out
Saturday Night Live Guest host
Short films
Year Film Role Notes
2013 Clapping for the Wrong Reasons Marcus
2015 Mr. Happy Victor

Chance the Rapper Concert Tours

  • Magnificent Coloring World Tour (2016)
  • Be Encouraged Tour (2017)

Chance the Rapper Songs


As lead artist

List of singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(featuring Saba)
2015 [A] [B] Coloring Book
“Somewhere in Paradise”
(featuring Jeremih and R. Kelly)
Non-album single
“No Problem”
(featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz)
2016 43 14 10 94 Coloring Book
“Summer Friends”
(featuring Jeremih and Francis and the Lights)
[C] [D]
“All Night”
(featuring Knox Fortune)
2017 [E] [F]
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist, with showing year released, peak chart positions, certifications and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
BEL (Fl)
“Three Course Meal”
(Probcause featuring Action Bronson and Chance the Rapper)
2012 The Recipe Vol. 2
“Life Round Here”
(James Blake featuring Chance the Rapper)
2013 Non-album single
(Justin Bieber featuring Chance the Rapper)
41 13 34 29 1 61 23 33
  • RIAA: Platinum
“Baby Blue”
(Action Bronson featuring Chance the Rapper)
2015 91 30 21 61
  • RIAA: Gold
Mr. Wonderful
(BJ the Chicago Kid featuring Chance the Rapper)
In My Mind
“All My Friends”
(Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance the Rapper)
[G] 34 3 25 94 34 67 29 5
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum
  • BPI: Platinum
  • MC: Platinum
All My Friends EP
“Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix)”
(Hundred Waters featuring Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal)
2016 Non-album single
“Penthouse Floor”
(John Legend featuring Chance The Rapper)
Darkness and Light
“Living Single””
(Big Sean featuring Chance the Rapper andJeremih)
Non-album single
“I’m the One”
(DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne)
2017 1 1 1 1 10 1 2 4 4 1
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum
  • ARIA: 5× Platinum
  • BEA: Platinum
  • BPI: Platinum
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI DEN: Platinum
  • MC: 5× Platinum
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
“All We Got”
(featuring Kanye West and Chicago Children’s Choir)
2016 [H] 45 Coloring Book
“Blessings” 93 40
“Same Drugs” [I]
(featuring Young Thug and Lil Yachty)
[J] 49
“Juke Jam”
(featuring Justin Bieber and Towkio)
[K] 48
“How Great”
(featuring Jay Electronica and My Cousin Nicole)
“Smoke Break”
(featuring Future)
[M] [N]
“Finish Line / Drown”
(featuring T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane and Noname)
“Best Life”
(Cardi B featuring Chance the Rapper)
2018 39 24 Invasion of Privacy
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
“National Geographical” 2011 Vic Spencer Vic Greenthumbs
“Give and Take” Kembe X Self Rule
“Lift Up” 2012 Milo & Otis The Joy
“The Wonder Years” The O’My’s, Nico Segal Chicago Style
“They Don’t Like Me” Childish Gambino Royalty
“Bombay State of Mind” Odd Couple, Uno Hype, Hassani Kwess, Freeway Separated At Birth
“Home” Kami de Chukwu, Caleb James, Vic Mensa, Michael Anthony LIGHT
“Wasting Time” Kids These Days Traphouse Rock
“We Are” Gaines Night Crawler: Reloaded
“Livin’ In Vein” Lorine Chia Lorine
“Ecstacy (Remix)” 2013 Tinashe N/A
“Long Night” Hoodie Allen Crew Cuts
“Semi Detached” BenZel, Cass Lowe N/A
“Spaceship II” Alex Wiley, GLC Club Wiley
“Wendy n Becky” Joey Badass N/A
“She’s The Type” Brian Fresco, Towkio, Kami, MC Tree Mafioso
“Steamer” Brian Fresco, Towkio, Kami, Vic Mensa Mafioso
“Greenlight” Brian Fresco Mafioso
“LSD” ProbCause The Recipe Vol. 2
“Lonely Thoughts” Rapsody She Got Game
“You Song” Lil Wayne Dedication 5
“Tweakin'” Vic Mensa Innanetape
“Life Round Here” James Blake N/A
“Untitled” Mr. MFN eXquire Kismet: Blue Edition
“The Worst Guys” Childish Gambino Because the Internet
“Coast Is Clear” 2014 Skrillex Recess
“Glam” Chuck Inglish Convertibles
“Fight for You” Pia Mia Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
“Childs Play” SZA Z
“Fight Or Flight”(Remix) Lil Herb, Common Ballin Like I’m Kobe
“Friendship Heights” Wale Festivus
“Iconic” 2015 Madonna, Mike Tyson Rebel Heart
“I Told You So” Leather Corduroys Season
“Cold Stares” Nosaj Thing, The O’My’s Fated
“The Way” Kehlani You Should Be Here
“Clean Up” Towkio .Wav Theory
“Heaven Only Knows” Towkio, Lido, Eryn Allen Kane
“Prisoner” Jordan Bratton Youth
“Church” BJ the Chicago Kid, Buddy In My Mind
“Remember Me?” Kyle Smyle
“Broad Shoulders” Taylor Bennett Broad Shoulders
“Hello” Busta Rhymes The Return of the Dragon (The Abstract Went On Vacation)
“Ultralight Beam” 2016 Kanye West, Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, The-Dream The Life of Pablo
“Need to Know” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis This Unruly Mess I’ve Made
“Girls @” Joey Purp iiiDrops
“Pass Dat (remix)” Jeremih, The Weekend, Young Thug N/A
“Grown Ass Kid” Mick Jenkins, Alex Wiley N/A
“Penthouse Floor” John Legend Darkness and Light
“Dear Theodosia (Reprise)” Francis and the Lights The Hamilton Mixtape
“LSD” Jamila Woods HEAVN
“May I Have This Dance (Remix)” 2017 Francis and the Lights N/A
“Grown Up Fairy Tales” Taylor Bennett, Jeremih Restoration of an American Idol
“I Love You So Much” DJ Khaled Grateful
“Everything (Remix)” 2018 G Herbo featuring Lil Uzi Vert Humble Beast
“Logout” SABA Care for Me
“Best Life” Cardi B Invasion of Privacy

Chance the Rapper Mixtapes/Albums

  • 10 Day (2012)
  • Acid Rap (2013)
  • Coloring Book (2016)

with The Social Experiment

  • Surf (2015)

Chance the Rapper Photos


Chance the Rapper Videos