The hip-hop and political worlds have always seemed to cross paths. Whether its by sending political messages to listeners, writing songs that paint a picture of social structures during certain eras, or being on the front lines of bringing a cause to the mainstream, hip-hop and politics have had a relationship dating back to hip-hop’s origins.
Chance the Rapper is attempting to bring both worlds together for a simple cause: vote. The 23-year-old Chicago rapper just announced that he has joined forces with the NAACP to become a parter of their #staywokeandvote campaign. Chance announced via Twitter that he will be teaming up with the organization to give his concertgoers the opportunity to become registered voters.
NAACP volunteers will be present at several U.S. performances of Chance’s “Magnificent Coloring World Tour” to help first-time voters register for the upcoming presidential election. Cities on Chance’s tour that will give fans the opportunity to register include Chicago, Fairfax, Raleigh, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, and San Francisco.
NAAC President and CEO William Brooks seemed thrilled with this partnership, saying, “Chance the Rapper is an artist whose music praises and lifts up our common humanity, and whose call for action speaks to the yearning of this moment. This year, more than it has in a generation, we must use the power of our voices and our votes and exercise our sacred right to vote.”
Chance – real name Chancellor Bennett – is equally as excited, saying, “Voting and becoming knowledgeable about this year’s upcoming presidential election is imperative. With a great deal of help from the NAACP, I have been able to provide this awesome opportunity for people to sign up and make the pledge to vote at a few of my upcoming shows. This is super important to me because I want my fans to know that their voices matter and that their vote counts now more than ever.”
With no shortage of people in the entertainment industry encouraging the younger generation to vote, it is great to see an artist actually take action and use their platform to give fans a chance (no pun intended) to get involved in the upcoming presidential election on November 8, 2016. Chance is having a huge year in 2016 and is capping it off with a great message.