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How Chance The Rapper Won 3 Grammys With Gospel Inspired Music

Chance The Rapper Won 3 Grammys
Chance The Rapper receives the award for Best New Artistt from Jennifer Lopez at the 59th Grammys (AFP Photo/Valerie MACON)

– Chance The Rapper Won 3 Grammys With Gospel Inspired Music

chanceChance the Rapper has always been opened about his Christian faith and when he released his Mixtape ‘Colouring Book’ through streaming only, he incorporated gospel choir music, and lyrically touched on his faith.

The rapper won three Grammys, Sunday night including Best New Artist, validating the rapid rise of the hip-hop star who has released his music only through streaming.

“I claim the victory in the name of the Lord.”, he said after winning the awards.

The 23-year-old rapper from Chicago, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, won Best New Artist in a field that included electronica crowd-pleasers The Chainsmokers and experimental hip-hop artist Anderson Paak.

He also won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album, going up against A-listers including his mentor Kanye West and chart-topper Drake.

Chance the Rapper benefited from a change in Grammy rules this year to consider streaming-only releases. He did not sell “Coloring Book” as a CD or as downloads, saying he considered himself a touring artist.

“Coloring Book” nonetheless entered the top 10 on the US albums chart, the first for a streaming exclusive, as Chance promoted the work through an active social media campaign.

The mixtape featured appearances by top stars including West, a fellow Chicago rapper who was his early inspiration, and Justin Bieber.

Chance the Rapper has also used his rising platform to be an activist.

He has pleaded for an end to Chicago’s gun violence epidemic, waging a campaign similar to an album promotion that was credited with helping make May 23 a day without deadly shootings in the Midwestern metropolis.

He took up the anti-violence cause in collaboration with his father Ken Williams-Bennett, who has served as an aide to former president Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.


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