5 things you didn't know about Chance the Rapper
Mark Schiff

This year, Chance the Rapper’s mixtape, Coloring Book, received amazing praise. While Chance isn’t new to the rap, game, this album is what brought him to stardom, and earned him multiple Grammy nominations. Get to know Chance a little better by reading the list below.

1.He is holding his daughter in his arms on the cover of Coloring Book

In an interview with Pigeons and Planes, album cover designer Brandon Breaux explained each cover that he designed for Chance the Rapper. For his most recent cover, Chance wanted to “capture the expression on his face when he looked at his daughter,” who came into this world in September 2015.

2. During a suspension from school, Chance wrote his mixtape 10 Day

While he was attending Jones College Prep School, and was only 18 at the time, Chance was suspended from school for 10 days for getting caught with weed, and that prompted him to write his first mixtape and titled it, 10 Day.

3. In 2013, he performed alongside Eminem and Kendrick Lamar

Those are three heavy hitter performers, and Chance had the opportunity to prove his true talents to some of the most seasoned rappers in the game. He posted a picture of his passport on Instagram and the caption read, “I'm about to get on a plane to Europe for the first time. Play 90,000 people a night with Kendrick [Lamar] and Eminem. I'm just havin fun with it." Earl Sweatshirt performed with them as well.

4. The first hip-hop album Chance ever purchased was Kanye West’s College Dropout

It’s no secret that Kanye is a huge fan of Chance—he featured him on The Life Of Pablo’s “Ultralight Beam,” which is one of the staple tracks on the album. But, it turns out that Chance was first a fan of Kanye, which makes sense since they’re from the same city and all. Also, he didn’t get the chance to meet West until 2014.

5. He’s the first artist to debut on the Billboard charts from streaming only

Coloring Book made a mark on 2016. This mixtape killed the Billboard charts. With the Grammys new 2016 rules—that music that is streamed is now allowed to be considered for nominations—this gave Chance the opportunity to be nominated for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.