MusicChance the Rapper Is Registering Voters on His Tour
Yet another reason why Chance is MVP of all humans.
Besides being exceptionally talented and very good at Twitter, Chance the Rapper also happens to be a thoroughly delightful person. Whether he's freaking out about Beyoncé, singing the Simpsons version of "Happy Birthday" live, or potentially controlling basketball with his mind, Chance is the fun-loving, witty dude everyone wants around. I mean, come on, his album release party was basically a child's birthday party. Now, he's taking that to a whole new level by bringing activism to his tour.
Chance is partnering with the NAACP to register thousands of his concert-goers to vote as part of a #staywokeandvote campaign. According to the press release, "teams of volunteers with the civil rights organization’s Youth & College Division will be on hand at the ground-breaking artist’s performances across the country as part of the Magnificent Coloring World Tour. Volunteer NAACP youth members will be available to help first-time voters register and vote in the Nov. 8th election."
In addition to voter registration and volunteer sign-ups, there will also be an "Information Table to provide civic engagement resources and NAACP membership information to concertgoers." Damn, that's cool.
This might also be part of a larger campaign to share his music with people beyond the typical hip-hop audience. Everyone knows Chance has never been in the rap game for the money; hell, he gives away his albums for free. He made an appearance on Ellen this week performing a joyful "No Problems" with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. It's a nice reminder that Chance—and hip-hop—is for everyone.
Chance's music tackles plenty of heavy subjects: God, violence in Chicago, and what it means to be black in America, but it's a whole other level to engage with the community and let your concerts provide a public service. I know Kanye's already staked a claim, but hey, with instincts like this maybe it ought to be Chance on the ballot in 2020.