Chance The Rapper continues to live up to his title as the people’s champion of music today. After serving as the grand marshal for the Bud Billiken Bash on Saturday, Chicago's annual celebration marking the start of the school year, the Grammy-winning singer announced he’d be throwing a free concert for his hometown at the Auditorium Theatre.
It was during the concert, which also featured surprise appearances from rappers Future and Jeremih, that Chance and the audience were surprised with a pre-recorded video message from former President and Chicago native, Barack Obama. As seen in the video above, Obama takes the time to thank Chance for everything he’s done to give back to his community both on stage and off.
“I felt obliged to say congratulations to you for being a grand marshal of the Bud Billiken Parade,” the former President can be heard saying at the start of the video.
The fan shot cell phone clip is filled with applause from the audience that drowns out some of what Obama is saying, but he can be heard continuing to praise the Coloring Book rapper’s efforts in giving back to the younger generations who also call Chicago their home.
"We want to make sure our kids are safe, we want to make sure that they are ready to go back to school,” Obama continued saying. “We want to make sure that we are nurturing and protecting and encouraging and loving the next generation of leaders all throughout the city of Chicago. So Chance, I'm grateful for everything that you've done on behalf of the young people back home."
Chance spent the day handing out tickets to the surprise concert during the parade at different locations throughout the city. His non-profit charity, SocialWorks, also handed out up to 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for kids to go along with the citywide celebration, Rolling Stone reports.
This isn’t the first time a member of the Obama family has taken the time to thank and congratulate Chance for his community service. Former First Lady Michelle Obama also appeared in a video during the BET Awards back in June to personally recognize the rapper prior to accepting the Walmart Humanitarian Award.
In addition to his two upcoming headlining shows at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY on Sept. 26 and 27, Chance is also scheduled to join comedian Dave Chappelle during his comedy-meets-music residency at Radio City Music Hall later this week. Tickets to both Forest Hills Stadium shows next month are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.