In Chancelor Bennett's case, you could argue that weed -- yes, perhaps a gateway to more drugs, as we do know the rapper has a fondness for LSD -- was also a sort of gateway to another life. After getting caught with marijuana during his senior year of high school in 2011, he was suspended for ten days. And there, Chance the Rapper, an idea that was already brewing in the young emcee's head, was born. During that moratorium from school, Chance recorded his first mixtape, 10 Day. A year later, in 2012, he dropped the tape to favorable reviews.
Chance released his second tape, Acid Rap, in 2013, which was met even more favorably. With guest appearances from rappers including Twista, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul and Childish Gambino, Chance proved his ability to work with a diverse group of musicians -- that he has an adaptable sound. But after doing a slew of features and a major guest appearance on Childish Gambino's Because the Internet, we didn't hear much from the Chicago-bred rapper.
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