Chance the Rapper

2017 Hangout Music Festival - Day 3
GULF SHORES, AL - MAY 21: Chance The Rapper performs at the Surf Stage during 2017 Hangout Music Festival on May 21, 2017 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Hangout Music Festival)Frazer Harrison — Getty Images for Hangout Music Festival
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    Musician and rule breaker
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The Chicago native has been subverting the music industry's traditional business model since he was a teenager, declining to sign with a major label and instead releasing his own streaming-only mixtapes, featuring unique strains of hip-hop splashed with sunny spirituality. Last year, he won the first-ever Grammys (three of them) for a streaming-only album and received $500,000 to debut the tracks exclusively on Apple Music. He's also a celeb endorser for Nestle, Nike, and even Twitter. Up next: He's set to star in the movie Slice as a pizza-delivery driver/werewolf.

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