Chance the Rapper Is Chicago's Youth of the Year

Rapper receives award from city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel.

(Photo: Chance The Rapper via Instagram)

One of Chi-town's best, Chance the Rapper just picked up what he called, "The most important award I will ever win today."

Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, presented the 21-year-old Acid Rap emcee with the honor of the 2014 Youth of the Year this weekend. "For your outstanding contribution to the youth of the state of Illinois," the inscription on the plaque reads. "You have given of yourself to the upward mobility of young people..."

Chance posted a photo of himself and Emanuel posing with the award to Twitter and Instagram Sunday (Nov. 9).

No doubt it was given for the XXL Freshman's efforts with the #SaveChicago campaign, launched by his father, Ken Williams-Bennett; his artistry the aforementioned LP broke Billboard's top 100 R&B/Hip Hop chart and earned a Best Mixtape nod at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2013; and his inspiring live performances including a tour with Childish Gambino, a recent set at the Windy City's famed Lollapalooza, and his own Social Experiment Tour.

He is currently working on his next album, Surf, a collaboration project with his band, the Social Experiment.


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