Chance the Rapper

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Chicago hip-hop is on fire—and Chance exemplifies the best qualities of the city’s DIY rap scene. In his colorful, exuberant mix tape Acid Rap, released in April, he is lyrically dexterous and by turns silly and poignant. Plus, he’s generous with the spotlight—his songs are rife with burgeoning local talent, including Vic Mensa and No Name Gypsy. Come November, the Chatham native embarks on a plum gig that’s richly deserved: touring with Seattle rapper Macklemore.