Chance The Rapper Buys Media Outlet to Combat Racism

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

Chance the Rapper, 25, surprisingly announced in one of his four songs he released yesterday that he bought the Chicagoist.com, in order to push “racists b—–s out of business.”

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In his song, “I Might Need Security” the Chicago native announced the new development with the line stating:

“I got a hit-list so long I don’t know how to finish, I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist b—-s out of business.”

Chance calls out his city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, in his politically aggressive song. The chicago rapper asks for the mayor’s resignation and accuses him of granting paid suspensions to police officers who’ve fatally shot unarmed black people.

Chance’s newly formed company, Social Media LLC, purchased the local media outlet from New York Public Radio’s WNYC station, which acquired both the Chicagoist and the Gothmaist as well as the other -ist network of sites in February.

Laura Walker, the president and CEO of New York Public Radio, released a statement, saying:

“We are delighted that the Chicagoist assets are finding a new home in the hands of a proud Chicagoan. WNYC has a strong commitment to local journalism and building community, and we are pleased that these assets will be used to support local coverage in the great city of Chicago.”

In addition to combatting racism, Chance’s nonprofit SocialWorks has helped the homeless, encouraged Chicago public school students learning how to code, and funded college-bound high school students through scholarships.

Now, with Social Media LLC, the rapper promises to promote local investigative journalism, diversity, and representation for people of color in the media.

 

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