MITMondays: How Chance The Rapper Glo'd Up on Us
It would be hard to argue that anyone had a more fruitful 2016 than Chance The Rapper. From a successful album in Coloring Book to a sold out tour that brought A Magnificient Coloring World to the south side of Chicago. Now he's reaping the fruits of his labor at the beginning of 2017. It seems like every time you turn around Chance is headlining a new festival. From Bonnaroo to the Governor's Ball, Chance will be their front and center. It's apparent that we saw him "glo up" this past year. To appreciate how he has "glo'd up" on us, let's dive into the process behind the glo.
The first and probably most important aspect to this glo up is the notable improvement in music. It is very clear that Coloring Book is a big improvement from his previous solo project Acid Rap. But what sparked this improvement? I personally believe that two events sparked this improvement, putting down the drugs and becoming a father. It's no secret that Chance was an avid acid user, but many of us weren't hip that he was also doing xans on the low. In his song Angels, he shares with us that, "I got caught up with a little xan. Can't stop me but it slowed me tho." This shows that he came to the realization that drugs were holding him back from reaching his full potential. Another factor to his improvement was becoming a father. Pops told me that when you become a father your whole perspective on life changes. Maybe this motivated him to put down the drugs as well.
Another important aspect we must keep in mind about Chance is that he remained independent. Without any backing from a major label, we saw Chance reach heights no independent artist has reached before. One of those feats being the first independent artist to perform/host Saturday Night Live. Chance's success as an independent artist has sparked a revolution in the hip hop community. More and more artist are following suit and staying independent. By staying independent there are no deadlines to adhere to, pressure to sell records or make a radio hit. This is what I believe adds to the uniqueness of Chance, he is able to stay true to himself.
In the year that was 2016, it was clear to see that Chance has glo'd up. Putting down the drugs, becoming a father and staying indepedent are just a few aspects of the glo. Even though it is still early in 2017, Chance is already doing big things. One can only imagine what the rest 2017 will have in store. As always....