Chance the Rapper
has nothing to fear but FOMO itself. It’s hard to juggle an album, a world tour, and a nonprofit without missing out on something. Chancelor Bennett put family first—and it turns out he’s not missing much at all.
The entire span of 2019, in fact, has been rather frenzied for the 26-year-old, who made the unthinkable choice several years ago to eschew record deals and give his music away for free. It included filming six episodes of Rhythm and Flow, a Netflix talent competition that he hosts alongside Cardi B, T.I., and a slew of R&B royalty; marrying longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley; releasing The Big Day, his first official full “album,“ which became a Billboard No. 2 hit; having a cameo in Disney’s The Lion King remake; hosting Saturday Night Live and serving as musical guest; and helping to run SocialWorks, the nonprofit he founded to improve the lives of Chicago youth through arts education, mental health services, warm-clothing drives, and more.