Chance the Rapper Covers The Source Magazine

Chicago MC lands magazine's "Rookie of the Year" feature.

Posted: 01/02/2014 09:52 AM EST
Chance the Rapper Covers the Source Magazine

After a successful run of touring and music dropping last year, Chance the Rapper starts off 2014 with the cover of The Source magazine's fourth annual "Rookie of the Year" issue and an explanation about why, even though he has a mixtape called Acid Rap, he's leaning towards sobriety.

"I'm not even on the drugs like that anymore," he told The Source. "I smoke cigarettes — I should quit that at some point — and weed, but it's like, you know, in my opinion, the point of life is to have fun, and lots of it. [And] from experience, sometimes, drugs can get in the way of that, so, to answer your question, drugs don't really have that much of a role in my life anymore, but they inspired some of the music, and that'll always be a part of me, in some way."

The Chicago-born MC spent much of 2013 on the road (like nine months), opening up for Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore and then headlining his own jaunt, the Social Experiment Tour. Acid Rap, his critically acclaimed second mixtape, released in April and earned him a BET Hip Hop Awards nod for Best Mixtape.

"I'm a rapper, dog," he said. "I rap raw as f--k.'"

In previous years, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar have received the "Rookie of the Year" honor. Chance's cover hits newsstands Jan. 7.

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