Chance the Rapper: the startup minded, Chicago-bred, kid wonder

Disclosure: I am not, and do not claim to be a music critic. I like music, I play the trumpet and that's about it. 

 

Like most good things, I found this on the internet...

For those of you who can't quite make it out, this is an incredible, genius, complex interpretation of the Arthur theme song. Arthur is a show that was started back in 1996 on PBS. It's your classic "family animated sitcom" that delivers life lessons through a family of aardvarks and their surrounding animal community. 

For kids of my generation it is a classic in its own right, and its theme song is just as synonymous with our childhood as the show itself. When I heard this rendition of the song, "Believe in Yourself," originally created by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, I was taken aback. It is, in my mind, just perfect. It sounds like it should be the closing act  at the Grammy's or even the Oscars. It's anthemic, it's powerful, it's full, it's perfect. And if you haven't listened to it at this point, please do.

The artist behind this piece is Chancelor Bennett, better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper. For our purposes, we'll stick with Chance. This guy, is the real deal.

There are a number reasons why I, and many other people, believe Chance is different and important. First, and probably most important is his music.

Although just a taste, these five tracks, mainly dominated by Chance's Acid Rap mixtape, elucidate the fact that: this is complex, creative music.

It's music for any age: enjoyable flow partnered with unusual melodies. More on that later...

And now for most of you reading this. Techies, designers, or anyone in between. Why is Chance important? Why is his story important? Because he, and the way in which he goes about "the rap game," is different. He has a perspective that mimics the same disruptive nature that tech companies such as Apple or Tesla have.

 Chance is rapping, making money, and living his life in an image resembling Steve Jobs. Ruthless, creative, passionate, disruptive, and at times a little high.

 

Part 2 next week: The gift of suspension

David Silverman