On Thursday, Dillard University announced that Chance the Rapper will deliver the commencement address at their 2018 graduation ceremony on May 12. University president Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough revealed this year’s speaker to a classroom of excited students. The video of the big reveal was also posted on the university’s Instagram account.
The same day as the big announcement, Chance dropped a new song, a collaboration with Chicago rapper Saba. “Logout” was released on Saba’s new album “Care for Me” and is a reflection of the shallow nature of social media. It marks Saba’s first release since the death of his cousin, rapper John Walt.
A native of Chicago, Chance the Rapper shot to fame in 2016 with his self-released mixtape Coloring Book. The critically-acclaimed album won rave reviews from fans and hip hop writers alike. Coloring Book earned Chance multiple awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Album and the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Mixtape. Despite his success, Chance the Rapper has refused to sign with a major music label, preferring to release his music directly to fans online.
Since releasing his third mixtape, Chance the Rapper has become increasingly known for his activism. He has taken part in several city-wide campaigns to decrease gun violence in Chicago. He also donated $1 million to the Chicago public school system to help improve arts education in the city. In 2016, he even started a charity called SocialWorks Chicago that has raised over $2 million for Chicago schools.
Dillard University is a historically black college located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school was founded in 1930 as a merger of two older schools, New Orleans University and Straight College. Chance the Rapper is not the first celebrity to grace the school’s commencement ceremony. Past commencement speakers include Michelle Obama, Janelle Monáe, Denzel Washington and Hillary Clinton.
Chance the Rapper continues to make positive strides and big moves in the music industry. He surprised some of his fans by doing an intriguing collaboration with Childish Gambino. The young hip-hip superstar stated that he hooked up with the funky recording artist and recorded a few tracks. Chance also stated he was pleased with the entire process.
Childish Gambino is the stage name for Donald Glover. You may have seen Glover appearing on the hit television show Atlanta. Childish Gambino is gaining momentum and getting good reviews in the music industry. His music is cutting-edge and refreshing. It also appeals to people from all walks of life.
Chance revealed that he admires Glover and looks up to him. They met in Atlanta in 2012. They clicked and began touring.
Sources close to Chance revealed that he enjoys working with Glover. Chance admires Glover’s principles, talent, and work ethic. This is the primary reason why he considers Glover to be his mentor. He feels that Glover can help him to take his career to another level.
Several years passed after their first meeting. Some music insiders and fans feel this project is long overdue. Hip hip is in dire need of hot talent to release material to their fans. Some hip hop heavyweights are taking a break at this time.
Glover is excited about the new mix tape. He feels that true hip hop fans will be impressed with the new sound and dope lyrics.
When will the mix tape be released? There’s no official date for the release, but some believe it will be released this year. Don’t be surprised if this mix tape takes the hip hop world by storm. Chance is notorious for blowing up the microphone, and Glover is well-known for his sizzling lyrics. This project has the potential to be a smash.