His younger brother is also a rapper. Chance’s baby brother Taylor is also in the music business. While the two have never collaborated, fans have been anxiously awaiting for the two to go toe-to-toe swapping bars over a crazy beat. He is passionate about anti-violence in his hometown. In 2014, Chance and his brother Taylor started an anti-violence initiative in the city. With the hashtags #SaveChicago, #FaithInAction and #PutTheGunsDown, the Bennett brothers helped to draw attention to safe places in Chicago neighborhoods for people to come together peacefully. The efforts that Chance and Taylor helped execute resulted in Chicago’s 2014 Memorial Day weekend go 42 hours without a single shooting. He’s a father. Chance is proud dad to daughter Kinsley who was born in 2015. While the 2016 Made in America perfomer spits lines about his pride and joy, like on Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” or on his own song “All We Got”, he and his longtime girlfriend Kirsten have chosen to keep their little one off of social media.
Today I sat with the President of the United States to discuss #MyBrothersKeeper and Criminal Justice Reform. I'm more confident than ever.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 16, 2016
WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news. He teamed up with a non-profit to create the Warmest Winter 2016. Chance and The Empowerment Plan helped to create a one-of-a-kind, self-heating, water resistant coats for the homeless in the city. The multi-use jackets also doubled as convertible sleeping bag and over-the-shoulder bags. The rapper enlisted the help of some of his famous friends to draw attention to his cause and help reach the $100,000 donation goal to help the homeless of the Windy City. His third mixtape could be eligible for a Grammy. New changes to Grammy qualifications makes the independent artist eligible to win the coveted music accolade. In June, the Recording Academy made changes for the first time in its history to include streaming-only projects to be considered for prize contention. Chance’s much-acclaimed gospel inspired project Coloring Book has received a lot of buzz as it was released via Apple Music and later became available to fans via Spotify and Tidal. He believes in sharing his music with integrity. “It’s not about the music being free. It’s about how it is displayed and made accessible and about artistic power,” explains Chance in his 2016 Billboard cover interview. “It was always about the artist-to-fan relationship.” He wrote that moving Muhammad Ali ESPY’s tribute with his parents in mind. Chance’s mom Lisa lived near the late boxing legend in Chicago and once mustered the courage to knock on his front door only to discover he wasn’t home. Chance draws parallels between his father and Ali saying, “I see so much of my dad in Ali. Their voices, the physicality of them, their vulnerability.”
I got to take my child home. Thank God, her mother, our families, the medical staff at Women's Prentice and an amazing organization called The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. I love this time in my life, and I've learned to love better because of it. I wanted make a grandiose and poetic statement with her weight and size and DOB to show how much this means to me, but I think it'd be more appropriate and fatherly of me to just say thanks to those who helped us during this pregnancy, and ask for a little privacy in this time for me and my new family to get settled. 👪