Chance the Rapper is a 23-year-old independent artist who has already made a name for himself. After releasing three albums in the span of his career, he finally got the recognition he deserves at the 59th Annual Grammy Award Show. Chance was nominated for seven Grammys and took home three: Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for “No Problem,” and Best Rap Album for Coloring Book.
Coloring Book is Chance’s third mixtape, which has also won the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Mixtape. He performed “How Great” and “All We Got” off it at the Grammys as well.
All of this became possible after the Recording Academy relaxed the rules to include unsigned artists and streaming-only albums. Chance even took out a Grammy consideration ad in Billboard early October that simply asked, “Hey, why not me?”
Since his debut in 2012 with his mixtape 10 Day, Chance has remained unsigned and has turned down many label offers. “This is for every indie artist, everybody who has been doing this mixtape stuff for a long time,” said Chance during his acceptance speech for Best Rap Album.
Chance the Rapper has paved the path for himself and other unsigned artists. From meeting former President Obama to being the first independent artist to win a Grammy and perform on Saturday Night Live, his accomplishments are endless. His hard work led him to success despite his lack of a label and PR backing him up. You can see him perform at Bonnaroo and Governors Ball this summer.