Back in February, we said that 2015 would be the biggest year yet for Chance The Rapper, and based on his latest honor, it seems we were right: It was announced today that Chicago Magazine named the 22-year-old musician their Chicagoan of the Year.
Chance has done a lot for the people of his home city, including organizing a free music festival for teenagers, hosting open mic nights that saw performances from Kanye West and Vic Mensa, and organizing the second annual anti-violence campaign, #SaveChicago.
Although Chance The Rapper hasn’t put out an album this year—unless you count his involvement in The Social Experiment or the mixtape with Lil B—2015 has still been busy for the Chicago native. He made a song with Stephen Colbert, he’s currently wrapping up the Family Matters tour, he became a father, he starred in a movie, he starred in a short film, he performed on Letterman with Action Bronson… Chance had a big year.
In case being named one of the most important people in a major city isn’t enough, it was also revealed today that Chance will be the musical guest on the December 12 episode of Saturday Night Live.
Read the Chicago Magazine feature story on Chance The Rapper here.