[C]hance The Rapper believes in the internet. The rapper may not even have a career if it were not for technology.
Being able to connect to the internet and link with people around the world made the difference for Chance’s choice of occupation, especially when he released his debut mixtape #10Day.
Chance The Rapper’s #10Day mixtape centers around an incident when was a student at Jones College Prep High School, that caused him to be suspended. He recorded his debut mixtape at Digital Youth Network, which is located at DePaul University College.
Chance’s passion for music and technology is the reason he is working with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program in his hometown of Chicago. The Internet Essentials program was created by Comcast to help bring internet connectivity to low-income families in the United States, for as little as $10 a month. Over 120,000 Chicagoans have benefitted from the price for a high-speed connection.
Chance recently appeared at Chicago’s John Fiske and Scammon Elementary Schools along with the faculty and various civic leaders. He praised the students attending these two schools for winning the “Get Schooled, Get Connected Spring Challenge,” presented by Comcast.
Over 4000 students participated in this year’s program, which challenged students to use a proprietary platform created by Comcast. Students had to answer questions relating to pop culture, but with a twist.
They also had to solve challenging questions regarding financial aid, applying for college, preparing for the future and tough issues about life after high school.
“Having home Internet access can transform a young person’s life because it opens an entire world to special programs like the ‘Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge,” Chance said. “One student and one family at a time, this program will help close the digital divide by engaging and educating students throughout Chicago.”
Chance, who attended Jones College Prep, has been working with Comcast and the “Get School, Get Connected” challenge over the past several months to keep students inspired. In March, he dropped in on Alcott Prep with rapper Ludacris and the pair handed out laptops for students to use.
Other artists helped with the program as well, including Christina Milian, Sway Calloway, B.o.B. and a variety of professional athletes.