MUSIC

6 Times Chance Proved He's an American Hero

There are way more than six, though.

Chance The Rapper, independent artist and overall do-gooder, has once again contributed to the betterment of American culture.

As many have heard by now, Chance, in a single tweet, brought back Wendy's spicy chicken nuggets. This is one of the many good deeds the rapper has done since he came onto the scene in 2012. "Positive Affirmations for today," Chance wrote to Wendy's. "I will have a good day, I will succeed today, Wendy's WILL bring back spicy nuggets at some point please lord let it be today."

Wendy's quickly noticed the tweet and replied: "It won't be today but there is always a chance." Yet the fast-food chain took it one step further and left the decision up to the people. "Y'all keep asking so here's your chance," Wendy's wrote. "The people in charge say if you guys can get our tweet...to 2 Million likes, they will bring SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS BACK." Less than 24 hours later, Wendy's announced that they are indeed bringing back the Spicy Chicken Nuggets.

This isn't the first time Chance The Rapper has changed the world. As he faces flack for just being a human, lets remember the 5 other times Chance impacted America and changed lives like the Patriot we know he is.


1. When Chance Saved Someone From a Burning Car

Last year, Chance announced on Instagram that he saved someone's life while on his way to church. "Basically I was driving to church dolo, about to go south on lakeshore," He wrote. "Another car drives into the wall in front of me goin like 90 mph comin off the exit. I was the only person out there when it first happened, and his car was on fire so I had to break his window take off his seatbelt let his seat back and pull a whole grown man out the car unconscious." The Instagram post has since been deleted, but that doesn't change the fact that Chance is obviously Captain America.

2. He Produced and Headlined the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Concert

In June 2018, Chance partnered with the Special Olympics to put on a charity concert. The headliners included himself, Usher, and Jason Mraz. "I haven't done as much work as possible with the intellectual and physical disabilities community," Chance said on Twitter. "But overall we've been about the access, just trying to make sure everyone is given their chance at greatness." It was a huge success, with over 7,000 special Olympians present at the festivities.

3. He's Worked Directly With Barack Obama

In 2017, Barack Obama delivered a kick-ass video message to everyone attending Chance's free surprise concert in Chicago. "Chance, I'm grateful for everything that you've done on behalf of the young people back home," he said. The duo has also worked together on My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit launched by Obama to help improve early childhood education and to keep black and Latino men out of jail.

4. In 2015, He Was a Field Trip Chaperone for School Kids

In 2015, Chance surprised a group of 6- to 11-year-olds by taking them to Chicago's Field Museum, where they saw dinosaur bones and kicked it with Chance himself. "Surprising our first day camp today by taking them to THE FIELD MUSEUM for a special behind the scenes look at history," Chance wrote.


5. He Led Fans to the Voting Polls After a Free Show

In November 2016, Chance held another free show in Chicago, and afterwards led hundreds of people to the voting polls, once again proving he is the icon America needs.

6. Chance Collaborated With Lyft in Support of Charity

In a hilarious web series, Chance The Rapper went undercover as a Lyft driver in 2018 and drove unsuspecting Chicagoans around his hometown. The initiative was in support of the SocialWorks' New Chance Fund, a non-profit that gives back to Chicago's public schools and helps children get an education. "Together, Lyft and I have been giving back with Round Up & Donate for SocialWorks' New Chance Fund," Chance said in a statement. "Now, we're having some fun in my hometown, Chicago, as I go undercover as a Lyft driver. I hope this video encourages even more folks to give back just by taking a Lyft." Check out the hilarious segment below.


Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area. Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.


POP⚡DUST | Read More...

We're All Naming Our Future Daughters Arya

10 Best Game of Thrones Sex Scenes

Sorrow-Scopes: Viktor Winetrout and His Cohort Are Laughing Into the Void

MUSIC

How Is Grime Different From Hip-Hop, and Is Drake Ruining It?

A look at the rising genre and how it has infiltrated American radio.

Mass Appeal

Last July, Drake stopped by the YouTube channel Link Up TV to deliver a freestyle. "Big up man Rasheed," the Canadian rapper said as the instrumental began to swell, "shout out Gigg's for settin' the ting."

Drake's entire swagger as of late has been fueled by the UK-based Grime movement, which has dominated the UK and slowly seeped into American mainstream culture.

On 2017's More Life, the rapper enlisted Grime superstar Giggs, as well as UK-based singer Sampha for two distinct features. "He's a no-long talker," Drake raps on "No Long Talk," "we don't need to hear about a next man, youts talk down, then they get ran." Drake's congruence with Grime's sound and its slang have polarized many, with a few citing Drake's seemingly sudden interest in the genre as a racial appropriation.

Many Grime artists have come to Drizzy's defense, saying that he's been ingrained in the movement since the days of Take Care and additionally have cited appreciation for Drake bringing global awareness to a genre birthed in the underground UK. London based MC Dave, who has previously collaborated with Drake and whose debut Psychodrama was released last week to glowing reviews, said: "Everything was handled respectfully." However, he also threw caution to the wind: "Grime is its own sound. If you're not a Grime MC, you can't wake up and become a Grime MC...You can't just wake up and study flows, you have to be brought up."

Born in the early 2000s, Grime started as a bellicose form of battle rap that combined Jamaican Dancehall and American Hip-Hop, hence Grime artists' occasional sprinkling of Patois slang into their rhymes. Communities would gather at local pubs or underground bars to witness local rappers face off in 16 bar verbal sparring matches. The instrumentals, which consist of thick, unfiltered subwoofers and distorted synths, are always at or near 140 BPM. Often, MC's rap what are called "radio sets," which means the instrumentals switch as the rappers flow, forcing the artists to catch the drop of a completely different beat and continue rapping in a different style. "If [you] catch the drop perfectly," Dave explains, "then [you] get what's called a Wheel Up," which is essentially a DJ rewind. The more "Wheel Ups" a rapper gets, the more impressive it is.

The genre's first big star was an MC named Dizzee Rascal, whose 2003 Mercury Award-nominated debut, Boy in da Corner, conveyed a raw, neurotic braggadocio that had been previously absent from mainstream rap. "Rascal spits out phrases with the energy and finesse of a championship boxer," wrote Entertainment Weekly of the project. The most iconic Grime artists also provide lyrically dense narratives. "Looks like I'm losing friends, there's a lot of hostility in my ends, we used to argue, always makeup and be friends, now we settle disagreements with the skengs," Rascal raps on "Brand New Day." On "Preach," one of rapper Ghetts highest ranking songs, he raps, "Morals my brotha, I can't abandon my beliefs, and man will say family tree, then branch out with a man's girl when he leaves."

Being able to glide through multiple flows as elegantly as Grime requires takes a very particular skill set. "[For] a lot of Grime artists that make rap records, it's more difficult for them because they sit at 140 so much that when they try and come onto tempos that are 90, 95, they start to elongate their words...and don't know how to fill their sentences," Dave said. Check out this "Shape of You" remix featuring Stormzy, which hits at around 96 BPM. While Stormzy does his absolute best, it's clear that he doesn't quite know where to breathe and sometimes fumbles over his rhymes.

As tight-knit as the Grime community seemingly is, this exclusive kinship can breed jealousy when a Grime artist finds mainstream success. Drake's "More Life" was decried by Grime and US rap fans alike. US Hip-Hop personality DJ Akademiks dismissed Drake's Grime flavor as "other people's musical culture infiltrating, and kinda almost being forced upon, US hip-hop culture." Dave addressed the hate, saying: "A lot of people aren't happy for someone when they're featured on one of the biggest albums in the world. Giggs took a lot of slick for that verse on [More Life]," Dave said. "It's really, really, really messed up."

The resistance to Grime is a strange one, considering how quickly American culture appropriated Jamaican Dancehall and Spanish Reggaeton, both of which Drake had previously dabbled in. Judging by Twitter, fans of American rap are quick to dismiss Grime artists' tough talk as disingenuous.

Additionally, Samuel L. Jackson made inflammatory comments about black UK actors, saying they don't experience the same racism that black Americans do. "We're all going to face discrimination wherever we go," Dave said in his interview. "I'm not comparing my racism to your racism. It's not a competition."

According to some, Drake is leading the charge and is giving the Grime art form the mainstream recognition it deserves. "Unselfishly, [Drake] has provided a platform for British artists to excel," said BBC Radio 1xtra DJ Charlie Sloth. "More people around the world are paying attention to British music because of Drake, and that, for me, is the win in this." Even so, is a Canadian entertainer the one that should be at the forefront of this movement? Reggaeton found a home on U.S. radio due to Drake's prolific hits "One Dance" and "Control," but as a result, the sound has been hijacked by pop musicians and curated so specifically for American audiences that the culture behind the genre has been appropriated and picked apart. Upcomers like Dave claim the same won't happen with Grime, but with Drake being the icon making Grime "cool," can we really say that's true?


Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area. Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.


POP⚡DUST | Read More...

I'm an Asian Woman on Tinder: An Analysis of My Inbox

Kings Spins Defiance Out of Darkness

Pheeyownah Releases New Euphoric Single: "Gold"

After a tumultuous few weeks for the rapper, 21 Savage was released from ICE custody today on a $100,000 bond, but he still has a long legal road ahead.

The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested earlier this month amidst accusations that he is a U.K.citizen who overstayed his visa. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement initially opposed Savage's release, according to Charles Kuck, one of the rapper's attorneys. While it may take a few years before Savage's case is resolved, he's expected to secure a work permit in the meantime.

"She'yaa talked today very articulately about his situation," Kuck added. "He really presented himself as who he is, which is a good young man." Savage was granted an expedited hearing due to his inability to attend the Grammys, where he was scheduled to perform. Kuck added in a statement, "21 Savage asked us to send a special message to his fans and supporters — he says that while he wasn't present at the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world and is, more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together."

Artists and icons everywhere have offered their support to the rapper, including Jay-Z, who even hired a lawyer to help him fight his case. Hopefully, this mess will be over soon and 21 can return to his family and continue making music.


Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area, Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.


POP⚡DUST | Read More...

Please Help, I Liked Ariana Grande's New Album Way Too Much

Rom-Coms | The Golden Age

Tyra Banks Channels Willy Wonka in "Modelland" Theme Park