|Chance The Rapper donates to the Chicago area schools.|
The Grammy Award winning Chance The Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.
"As a private citizen, as a parent and as a product of [Chicago Public Schools], I'm asking that you guys join and fight with me ... for the ... children of Chicago," said Chance the rapper.
After a meeting with Republican governor Bruce Rauner, Chance truly believes that Republicans are failing the city of Chicago let alone the United States.
The Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have gave $215 million to the CPS schools.
"The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and since called me over the weekend," said Chance when he was interviewed by the junk food media.
He also added that the governor and the Republican Party constantly finger-wag on the Black community.
The rapper said his $1 million donation was made possible through ticket sales for his upcoming spring tour and a joint effort between concert promoters (including Live Nation, AEG and Ticketmaster) and local venues and promoters across the country. The rapper did not give specifics on how the money would be raised, but noted that the aforementioned companies "were able to band together to use funds from ticket sales to donate to CPS."
On top of the rapper's $1 million, Social Works, a local non-profit organization Chance created last year, will match every $100,000 raised for the CPS with an additional $10,000 to be allocated for specific Chicago public schools.
Chance urged others to join in his fight to "take care of [Chicago] kids. With the stroke of the pen, the governor has the power to change that," he said. "This isn't about politics. This isn't about posturing. Everybody and they momma knows about what's going on in Chicago,” he said referencing the record-high murder rate. "It's constantly talked about. But we're about to enhance the conversation. As a private citizen, as a parent and as a product of CPS, I'm asking that you guys join and fight with me, organize with me, mobilize with me, for the interest of the children of Chicago. This is the very beginning."
Fresh off his Grammy win for his mixtape Coloring Book. The mixtape was a commercial success and took home the Best Rap Album. It was produced by his group The Social Group, Lido, and Kaytranada and many others. It had features from Lil' Wayne, Future, Young Thug, Jeremih, 2 Chainz and Kanye West.