CHANCE THE Rapper has been named in Fortune’s 50 Greatest World Leaders.
The Grammy Award-winning star is the only rapper to be included in the list, which also features NBA superstar LeBron James and Pope Francis.
But Chance was not recognised for his abilities on the mic, the magazine described him as a “political force and anti-violence campaigner in his hometown of Chicago”.
They referenced his latest act of kindness, which saw him donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, after he called Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to task for what Chance called Rauner’s neglect of educational funding.
The cash will go towards arts and after-school programming – and even set off a chain reaction, with Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett inspired to donate his endorsement money to worthy causes.
“If you harbor any old-fashioned stereotypes about what a leader looks like, put them aside, because Chance the Rapper is about to bust every one of them,” Fortune wrote. “In a music industry dependent on album sales and exclusive artist deals, 23-year-old Chance—born Chancellor Bennett—stays independent, releasing streaming-only mixtapes. This year, the rapper and author of infectiously uplifting, Christian-infused rhymes set a new template for the music industry when his mixtape Coloring Book became the first streaming-only recording to win a Grammy (in fact, it won three).”