Charming, likeable, and intelligent, Chancelor Bennett is hip hop’s golden boy. The Chicago-born native has been featured on Complex Magazine, made appearances in a Kit-Kat commercial, been interviewed by Ellen, and even appeared on The View.
His most recent work, Coloring Book, has helped him achieve this status, as well as him being able to win three Grammy awards this past year, for “Best New Artist”, “Best Rap Album”, and “Best Rap Performance”.
Overall, the most unique thing though about Chance the Rapper is how genuine he seems to be.
Whether it is allowing people to see his personal interactions with his daughter on Instagram, pushing for less gun violence in the streets of Chicago, or simply cracking jokes in an interview with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, it all seems like one person being himself to the fullest. It is certainly clear that the Acid Rap emcee is in tune with who he is as a person.
In a broader perspective, Chance is arguably the perfect role model for today’s generation of hip hop artists and beyond, because of his sincere and authentic personality.
For instance, social media has made it easier to appear to be someone that you are not, and to thereby mask some of the flaws that are innate to who we are as people.
Anybody can post an image on Instagram and make it seem as though they are living a lavish lifestyle. Bow Wow took this to the extreme when he posted an image on Twitter of a private jet, claiming that he was flying on that flight when he was actually on another flight.
The point is that, through social media, practically anybody can appear to be whomever he or she chooses to be.
Having an artist like Chance, who makes great music, understands who he is and what he wants to achieve, and stands up for where he comes from, allows today’s generation to learn from a celebrity who is going about things the correct way, which is by being true to yourself. Because, in the end, the only person who we can truly be is the person looking back at us in the mirror.