We're only half through 2017, and Chance The Rapper has accomplished more in six months than most musicians accomplish throughout their whole career. The 24-year-old rapper is in the midst of another tour, and just announced a date at the newly renovated Forest Hills Stadium in New York City on Sept. 26. This is an accomplishment in itself, as major artists such as Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The XX and The Morning Jacket are also all artists who are lucky enough to play at the venue this summer.
While we love Chance for his music, there are also so many other reasons on why he's one of the best hip-hop artist of 2017. Check out five things Chance The Rapper has accomplished so far this year.
1. He won the Humanitarian Award at the 2017 BET Awards
Just last weekend, Chance The Rapper was honored with with the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards for all of his efforts in helping the Chicago Public School system, and beyond. What makes the award even more special, though, is former First Lady Michelle Obama was one of the ones honoring Chance with the award. Watch her speech here.
2. He is the first rapper to bring a sign language interpreter on tour
It's clear that Chance cares about his fans, no matter who they are. It was just announced that he became the first rapper to bring an interpreter for his deaf fans on his current tour. He teamed up with DEAFintely Dope to make this happen. Watch his video announcing it here.
3. He sold out two nights at Red Rocks almost immediately
Being able to play at Red Rocks is one thing. Being able to play two nights back to back is another, and it's even a bigger deal when two nights in a row sell out, almost immediately. When Chance announced his most recent tour, fans in Colorado were extremely excited that they'd get to see him at the historic venue. His two nights at Red Rocks were a one of a kind production on the rocks. Take a look at our photos from the event here.
4. He has donated millions of dollars to Chicago's youth
Earlier this year, Chance wrote a $1million check to help Chicago Public School Foundation to help support the arts in the school system. Just two weeks ago, he issued a $2 million challenge to help Chicago's Youth. It's evident Chance not only cares about his hometown of Chicago, but he cares about the arts program and the children as well. He's made it clear many times how important this cause is to him, and it's more than a lot of musicians can say these days.
5. He won three GRAMMYs
Not only did he make history by becoming the first artist to win a GRAMMY for Best Rap Album for an album that was streaming only, but he also took home the award for Best New Artist, and Best Rap Performance. He was nominated for four others, but for his first year being nominated, that's not too shabby.