Chance The Rapper Donated $1 Million To Chicago Public Schools
Written by snatchmoore on March 20, 2017
“As a private citizen, as a parent and as a product of CPS, I’m asking that you guys join and fight with me … for the … children of Chicago,” rapper says.
When Chance the Rapper won the Grammy for best new artist last month, he thanked God “for all of Chicago.” The following afternoon, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, tweeted his congratulations to the rapper, saying the state was “proud that you’re one of our own.”
Within minutes, the rapper responded via Twitter: “Thank you Governor, I would love to have meeting with you this week if possible.”
The back and forth tweets launched the rapper into a highly publicised role in the political fight over Chicago Public Schools’ funding crisis. The district, the nation’s third-largest, is facing a budget hole so deep that it could bring an early end to the school year for some 400,000 students. Illinois has gone two years without a budget, the longest such stalemate of any state in nearly a century. Several days after his “vague” meeting with Bruce (March 3) to discuss funding options for Chicago Public Schools, people’s champ Chance the Rapper announced that he would be donating a million dollars to the CPS.
On Monday (March 6) at Westcott Elementary School, the Chicago native expressed his disappointment in Gov. Rauner and placed the focus on the children during the press conference, which was live-streamed on Instagram. “While I am disappointed in Gov. Rauner, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource: its children,” he told members of the press.
He said that his hefty donation was “made possible by my fans through ticket sales for my upcoming [Coloring Book] tour,” in partnership with AEG, Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
The Grammy-winning rapper, who noted that he was a product of the public school system, also said he would be donating $10,000 to various schools for the funding of after-school programs. He also promoted the SocialWorksChi.org website.
“This isn’t about politics, this isn’t about posturing, this is about taking care of the kids,” he concluded, before adding, “Governor Rauner, do your job!”
Despite taking home a Grammy for Best New Artist last month, Chance is hardly an up-and-comer. Famously label-less, the rapper is best known for his 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, and 2016’s critically acclaimed Coloring Book, which went on to earn him three Grammy awards including Best Rap Album. While being unsigned would be a serious impediment to any other artist’s career, Chance has somehow managed to attain mainstream success while remaining artistically unrestrained and unconventional to his core.