Chance the Rapper
In case you're one of the few people left wondering if albums matter, they don't. With his second mixtape, 2013's Acid Rap, local MC Chancelor Bennett became a national phenomenon. Two years after graduating high school (a few blocks down State Street from our office), Chance found himself playing before large crowds at Lollapalooza and will headline two nights at a packed Riviera Theatre over Thanksgiving weekend. The 20-year-old has yet to sign to label. He might not need to.
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