Chance the Rapper is a Grammy award-winning producer and songwriter; and, as an active philanthropist, the 24-year-old artist from Chicago has made a name for himself for more than just his music.
Chance (also known as Chano), handed out free tickets to an exclusive performance of his held at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University this past Saturday, August 12. After the icon spent his day on a pre-meditated route through the 88th Annual Bud Billiken Parade, which, as quoted from Pitchfork, is “the largest and oldest African American parade in the U.S.,” Chance took the stage at 5PM.
The young icon served in the event as the Grand Marshall as recognition for his worldwide charity work, with a focus on his hometown of Chicago where the concert took place.
Earlier that day, Chance the Rapper teased his plan online.
“I’m handing out free tickets all day long,” he noted in a statement. “I wanted to make sure I can identify all those teachers that support our youth and build our children up, all those fathers that are out here with their families, the cornerstones of their houses, bringing their families out — I wanted to make sure I can identify y’all so my people can get you some free tickets.”
Former POTUS Barack Obama (who also calls Chicago home) made a special sort of appearance in video as the big screen lit up to give a public congratulatory message to Chance the Rapper for his honorary position in the parade.
Obama’s wife, former First Lady Michelle, had also honored the rap performer in this year’s past BET Awards ceremony where he received the humanitarian award.
“We are so incredibly proud of you, Chance,” she had said. “We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper. It has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways. In addition to making some really amazing music, Chance has been taking that big, bright spotlight that follows him around and he’s shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago.”