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November 15, 2012 | Andy Downing for RedEye
Most people serving high school suspensions use the extra time to ponder the consequences of their actions. Chance the Rapper used it to launch a music career. The young MC, born Chancelor Bennett 19 years ago, started work on his debut mixtape "10 Day" after getting busted smoking pot at Jones College Prep. In the months since the album's April release, Chance's fortunes have improved considerably. The rapper has already toured alongside Childish Gambino and rising locals Kids These Days, and this week he headlines his first show at Metro.
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May 31, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
What CAN'T this kid do? Chance the Rapper threw out the first pitch at last night's White Sox game and unlike 50 Cent, he actually managed to keep it in the same area code. Chance will be performing at Northwestern's Dillo Day student concert on Saturday. Watch video of the pitch below:   Your browser does not support iframes. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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May 29, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer, for RedEye
19-year-old Englewood rapper Lil Durk has been gathering buzz in Chicago since last year's mixtape "I'm A Hitta," but his April release, " I'm Still a Hitta ," with its standout single, " L's Anthem ," generated enough attention to land him a deal with Def Jam less than a month later. We caught up with Durk while he was out in LA just before signing his deal to discuss the New Chicago scene and find out how far-flung its fans are. Are you recording out there? Actually I'm going with different producers down there.
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May 29, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88 and RedEye
Ceremonial first pitches before a Major League Baseball game by a celebrity or honored fan aren't expected to be perfect, but 50 Cent's first pitch Tuesday night at Citi Field has been hailed as arguably the worst first pitch ever. The baseball veered far, far left of the intended target, the catcher behind home plate. Another rap artist, Chicago native Chance the Rapper, will throw out the first pitch at the White Sox game  Friday, May 30. Game time is 7:10 p.m. The Sox are offering discounted tickets to fans of the hip hop artist for Friday night's game.
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January 15, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
After multiple video leaks being set to "private" or deleted, the clip for "The Worst Guys" from "Because the internet... " has finally been released into the wild. Watch Troy and Channo (...in the morrrrrning?) kick it and hit some waves below.      Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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May 31, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
What CAN'T this kid do? Chance the Rapper threw out the first pitch at last night's White Sox game and unlike 50 Cent, he actually managed to keep it in the same area code. Chance will be performing at Northwestern's Dillo Day student concert on Saturday. Watch video of the pitch below:   Your browser does not support iframes. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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December 8, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Channo's domination of 2013 continues with arguably his biggest look so far. None other than Justin Motherfriggin' Bieber calls on the Chicago MC to trade tales of girls they dig on the latest installment of Bieber's #MusicMondays series in "Confident. " Listen below and let us know what you think. Stream “Confident” below. If you dig it, it'll be available on iTunes Monday morning.   Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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May 5, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Four Chicago rappers have landed spots on the XXL Magazine "Freshmen" list and cover for 2014. Chance the Rapper, Lil' Bibby, Lil' Durk and Vic Mensa are representing for Chicago this year. They are the first Chicago acts to appear since Lupe Fiasco did back in 2008. (Chief Keef was technically on last year's cover but was included as a "bonus pick. ") The "Freshmen" tradition began in 2008 as a way to spotlight up-and-coming rap acts. Criticism of the cover is expected. You can...
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January 24, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
It's a Wednesday night at the Tonic Room in Lincoln Park, and a crowd of about 25 people is standing around sipping beers, waiting for the night's hip-hop show to begin. There's no DJ, no hype man, no cries of “hands in the air.” In fact, the stage is vacant, and the room is subdued. Enter Big Dipper, the husky, rattail-rocking rapper who is the night's opening act. Wearing glasses and a tie-dye T-shirt reading “Save the Whales,” he spits raunchy verses over a Backstreet Boys sample while one of his male backup dancers peels down...
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January 24, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye
*** (out of four) Rockie Fresh really isn't worried about much, folks. At least, that's what his demeanor on his new mixtape "Driving 88" would have you believe. The Chicago rapper seems to coast through the tracks produced by The Gift, who helms a majority of this release. It can be refreshing when a rapper stands alone on a project and short of guest spots from up-and-comers King Louie, Casey Veggies and Phil Ade, "Driving 88" is all Rockie everything. The tracks are catchy and it wouldn't be hard to imagine some of his choruses being sung by...
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May 5, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Four Chicago rappers have landed spots on the XXL Magazine "Freshmen" list and cover for 2014. Chance the Rapper, Lil' Bibby, Lil' Durk and Vic Mensa are representing for Chicago this year. They are the first Chicago acts to appear since Lupe Fiasco did back in 2008. (Chief Keef was technically on last year's cover but was included as a "bonus pick. ") The "Freshmen" tradition began in 2008 as a way to spotlight up-and-coming rap acts. Criticism of the cover is expected. You can bet that people are going to spend a majority of the day...
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April 14, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
RedEye exclusive: This morning the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival announced its lineup, which includes Wu-Tang Clan, Bassnectar and Chicago rap artist Chance the Rapper. In its third year, the festival will take place Aug. 15-17 in Somerset, Wis. Although blind pre-sale tickets are sold out, tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday. The three-day event is curated by Chicago promotions group React Presents, which also produces Spring Awakening and the North Coast Music Festival....
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February 27, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Teaming up with singer Pia Mia for a powerful futuristic tune, Chance the Rapper brings a staggered defiant verse to this Clams Casino-produced track off of the soundtrack for "Divergent" (out March 11, with the film itself being released on March 21.) This team-up seems odd at the beginning, but proves to be a quality match. The locally made film stars Shailene Woodley and is set in a futuristic Chicago in which society is divided into factions highlighting bravery, honesty and other...
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February 26, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye SoundBoard
In the past year and a half or so, independent rapper Macklemore undeniably has become one of the biggest faces in hip-hop. New York rapper Le1f took some issue with that. Le1f, who is gay (and has produced for artists like Spank Rock and Das Racist and released his own acclaimed mixtapes), made waves in August when he went on a lengthy Twitter tirade slamming Macklemore, accusing the rising star of exploiting the gay community for his own gain. Before Le1f's show Friday at Empty Bottle, he connected by phone to elaborate.
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January 15, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
After multiple video leaks being set to "private" or deleted, the clip for "The Worst Guys" from "Because the internet... " has finally been released into the wild. Watch Troy and Channo (...in the morrrrrning?) kick it and hit some waves below.      Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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December 8, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Channo's domination of 2013 continues with arguably his biggest look so far. None other than Justin Motherfriggin' Bieber calls on the Chicago MC to trade tales of girls they dig on the latest installment of Bieber's #MusicMondays series in "Confident. " Listen below and let us know what you think. Stream “Confident” below. If you dig it, it'll be available on iTunes Monday morning.   Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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October 19, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Update: The season premiere of "The Cleveland Show" was pre-empted Oct. 21, and now will air at 6:30 p.m. CT Nov. 4. Carry on. Kanye West returns to "The Cleveland Show" Nov. 4 as Kenny West, a rapper who has fallen out of favor with the secret society known as Hip-Hop Illuminati. West guest voices in "Menace II Secret Society" along with Nicki Minaj, will.i.am, Bruno Mars and "Question-Mark Love," as Cleveland refers to The Roots mainstay ?uestlove. In the episode, Cleveland tries to impress now-famous rapper Kenny with Cleveland Jr.'s polka band and discovers the rapper's...
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April 10, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye
Wednesday marks the biggest day in the history of New York University: Bay Area rapper/Internet force of nature Lil B The Based God will hold a lecture at the school's Kimmel Center. "It's gonna be a real progressive talk and when everybody leaves, their lives will be changed," he told FUSE. The gambit seems to have paid off: The announcement became a worldwide trending topic after he tweeted it. The Based God isn't the first rapper to grace the hallowed halls of academia. UGK member Bun B teaches a class at Rice University in Houston and Chicago's own Naledge...
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October 11, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
The first time I realized just how big a piece of Chicago lore Steve Bartman was going to hold was Halloween 2003, a few weeks after Game 6. I was in Bloomington, Ind., and every fifth person was dressed as Bartman. He was--and remains--iconic. But as many people have pointed out--including members of the 2003 Cubs--this unlucky fan had nothing to do with the team's failures in Game 6. Certainly one of the people who believes that is rapper Serengeti. In 2012, he released the song “Don't Blame Steve” on the “Kenny Dennis” EP, an album dedicated to his recurring song...
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October 3, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
Throughout Earl Sweatshirt's major-label debut, “Doris,” the Odd Future rapper struggles to come to terms with the increased spotlight he's been under since returning from Coral Reef Academy--a retreat for at-risk boys outside the Samoan capital where he was sent by his mother in mid-2012.   Earl's disappearance, which somehow remained a mystery for months and even inspired a “Free Earl” campaign amid Odd Future's growing legions, coincided with the crew's public coronation.
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