Last night, Chance The Rapper announced the release of four new songs, “Wala Cam,” “65th And Ingleside,” “I Might Need Security,” and “Work Out.” In the lyrics of the track, “I Might Need Security,” Chance surprised his fans with an even more special claim: “I bought the Chicagoist,” the rapper remarked.
According to reports, Chance The Rapper, who hails from Chicago, recently bought the food and culture website, following its shutdown by the previous proprietor.
In a statement as well as a tweet, a public radio station, WYNC, revealed that Chance’s new company, Social Media, bought the Chicagoist’s assets. The radio station owned the Chicagoist when it bought the Gothamist in February 2018.
In a statement, Chance said that he was “extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist.” The rapper explained that it has been an integral part of Chicago’s culture.
The CEO of New York Public Radio, Laura Walker, said that she was pleased to announce Chance would be continuing the website.
According to the Los Angeles Times, The Gothamist and The Chicagoist specializes in local news and are significant alternatives to major media publications. For that reason, they are much closer to home for their readers, both literally and figuratively.
As you may know, Chance The Rapper has always been working on his hometown, frequently making calls for social activism. One year ago, in 2017, Chance met with the governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, to talk about Chicago’s under-funded public schools.
After his talks didn’t yield any meaningful results, he used $1 million from his ticket sales and donated them to Chicago Public Schools. Additionally, Chance runs a non-profit, SocialWorks, an enterprise that helps disenfranchised youth in the city.
The rapper has said numerous times that he is proud of the city, and would live in it until the day that he dies. During a recent performance, he said, “I’ll always come back and lobby for y’all.”