Chance the Rapper announces news website purchase in a song

Angelo Anderson
July 19, 2018

In Chance the Rapper's brand new track released Wednesday, he announced, in no uncertain terms, that he bought former Chicago news site the Chicagoist.

He calls it "an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment".

After debunking rumors this week that he had a new album on the way, Chance The Rapper chose to come through today and surprise fans with the next best thing, and that's the release of four new songs, including "Work Out", "65th & Ingleside", "I Might Need Security" & "Wala Cam" with Supa Bwe.

The Chicago native made the announcement in his single "I Might Need Security", stating directly, "I bought the Chicagoist".

The deal means that Chance's Social Media LLC company now owns all of the Chicagoist's assets, including its archives and social media channels.


"We are delighted that the Chicagoist assets are finding a new home in the hands of a proud Chicagoan", President and CEO New York Public Radio, Laura Walker stated.

But Chance's press record isn't spotless - last year, his team got MTV to remove a review of his concert. In November, he attended a Chicago city council meeting to criticize plans for a proposed $95 million police academy, suggesting the money would be better spent on schools.

In recent years, Chance the Rapper has emerged as one of the most influential voices in Chicago for reasons beyond being a skilled rapper. "That they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed, and that they have so much to contribute to their communities and to our country". Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel also received a shoutout.

"Work Out", "Wala Cam", "I Might Need Security", and "65th Ingleside" appeared on streaming services yesterday ahead of his headline performace at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Special Olympics in Chicago.

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