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Chance the Rapper posted a video on Instagram rapping along to a ukulele and it made me think about what it is that makes him so successful.
@einerbankz 💯💯A post shared by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on Apr 19, 2018 at 10:25am PDTRELATEDArtist Spotlight: James Quick’s “Ten and True”After the Passing of XXXTentacion, the Internet Attempts to Draw Moral EquivalenciesOpinion: ‘Ye’ and ‘KIDS SEE GHOSTS’ Show the Evolution, Not Demise, of Kanye West
A post shared by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on Apr 19, 2018 at 10:25am PDT
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He’s I probably the third most popular rapper today, behind Drake and Kendrick Lamar, but he is completely different from both of them. While Drake and K Dot represent basically the opposite ends of the spectrum (I’ll explain in a moment), Chance isn’t really in the middle of that spectrum. So what is it? Let’s find out.
Chance the Rapper certainly has pop appeal. Songs like No Problems, Blessing, and All Night are massive hits. Even his collaborative efforts with DJ Khaled prove he’s pop enough. However, Drake certainly has him beat in this category, as Chance has 1 number 1 hit (the aforementioned DJ Khaled collaboration that also has Quavo, Justin Bieber, and Lil Wayne), compared to Drake’s 5. Drake has steered more into pop territory in recent years, while Chance really hasn’t. So Chance’s success isn’t because of his propensity for number one’s, but what is it then?
Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper alive right now. He is most certainly the best lyricist in the mainstream right now, and it isn’t close. So no, Chance’s success isn’t because he is the best lyricist in the game. By no means am I discrediting Chance’s lyricism. He’s not the best, but he’s is still dang good, I will just leave this picture here:
Chance the Rapper is successful because of his authenticity. While some may say that it is a fake authenticity, those people would also probably say that Tupac is still alive. Wait, that was a bad comparison… because Tupac is still alive. *DUN DUN DUUUN*. The point is, I believe Chance’s authenticity is authentic. That is precisely what makes him popular, too. His rapping style helps. Chance has mastered the art of rapping off-beat and on-beat at the same time. His signature *IGH* ad-lib has become famous, and his love for his city more so. Chance isn’t in between Drake and Kendrick on the spectrum, he’s on both sides of the spectrum. Being himself got him to both sides of the spectrum. Being himself got him three Grammys (FOR A MIXTAPE). Chance the Rapper has gotten successful, by just being himself, and thats what makes him different.
I am a sports nerd, who also loves movies, television, and podcasts. I apologize for the bad jokes, which there will be many of.