Outline by Amethyst Rorie  

  • Intro: introduction to paper
    • “story” about how today’s listeners were looking for a different sound
      • More like a scenario
        • Ex: “getting in the car & turning on the radio” or “pulling out your phone to listen to music”
      • Popular music tends to have the same sound bc of musical trends
        • Popular artists make popular music
      • Numerous artists came along & wanted to produce a new sound, make different music
        • Not just follow popular trends they know would fit in with musical trends
        • More individuality
      • Thesis: Chance the Rapper’s desire to remain true to himself and his own vision for his music has propelled him through the music industry.
    • Paragraph 2: background
      • Chancelor Johnathan Bennett
      • Born April 16, 1993
        • West-side Chicago
        • Parents:
          • Ken Williams-Bennett
            • Aide to former Chicago mayor Harold Washington and to senator Barrack Obama
          • Lisa Bennett
            • Secretary for office of Illinois Attorney General
          • Grew up in middle-class West Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s south side
          • Grew up listening to music his parents played
            • Jazz & gospel
          • 1st hip hop album he listened to: The College Dropout by Kanye West
            • Huge influence on him
            • Inspired to begin rapping bc of Kanye
          • Began rapping @ young age
          • Formed hip-hop duo w/ friend during freshman year @ Jones College Prep High School
            • Instrumentality
          • Recorded 10 Day during 10-day suspension during senior year
            • Wasn’t his first mixtape, but was 1st mixtape released as Chance the Rapper
              • Used to record & hand out mixtapes
            • Paragraph 3: 1st mixtape
              • 10 day
                • Brief explanation/summary
                • Released April 2012
                • Success
                  • Downloaded over 500,000 times on DatPiff
                • Came shortly after Chance was highlighted as one of Complex magazine’s “10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For”
                • Helped him make connections
                  • Met great producers
                  • Featured on Childish Gambino’s track “They Don’t Like Me”
                • Paragraph 4: Acid Rap
                  • 2nd mixtape
                  • Features with popular people
                    • Childish Gambino
                    • Twista
                  • Very successful
                  • Displayed a little of Chance’s versatility
                    • Various sounds/styles
                  • Paragraph 5: Surf w/ the Social Experiment
                    • Unique style & growing popularity caught attention of major labels
                      • Didn’t sign with any of them
                        • Met w/ 3
                      • Wanted to keep the freedom he had as an independent artist
                        • Meant that his income would rely on revenue from touring and from merchandise
                        • Allowed him to do whatever he wanted musically
                      • Album: Surf
                        • Worked with trumpeter Nico Segal (AKA Donnie Trumpet) & group of musicians called the Social Experiment
                        • Jazzy & soulful
                        • Not classic rap & not just a mixtape
                        • Not what fans expected, but widely accepted & praised
                      • Paragraph 6: Coloring Book
                        • 3rd mixtape
                        • Featured on The Life of Pablo by Kanye
                        • Numerous features:
                          • Kanye
                          • Lil Wayne
                          • 2 Chainz
                          • T-Pain
                          • Justin Bieber
                        • “No Problem” was very popular
                          • Talked about labels in this song
                        • Very successful
                          • 1st album ever to chart Billboard 200 just from streaming
                            • Received 57.3 million in 1st week
                          • Blended various sounds & genres
                            • Gospel
                            • Soul
                            • Hip-hop
                            • Sounds of the Social Experiment
                          • Chance won 3 Grammys in 2017
                        • Paragraph 7: More than an artist
                          • Activist
                          • Involved in improving the Chicago public school system
                            • Donated $1 million of his own money after meeting w/ mayor
                          • Campaigned for Hillary Clinton
                          • Things like this create a real connection w/ the fans bc he’s no afraid to stand up for and support what he believes in
                            • Other artists may mention it or just send money towards it, but only a few are really out doing something about it themselves
                          • Paragraph 8: Conclusion
                            • Tie all points together and explain how it relates to/supports thesis
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