Chance the Publisher
Chance the Rapper announced Wednesday that he bought local news site Chicagoist from New York Public Radio’s WNYC, through his company Social Media LLC. “I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events, and entertainment. ... I look forward to relaunching it and bringing the people of Chicago an independent media outlet focused on amplifying diverse voices and content,” the rapper said in a statement to the Tribune. The 25-year-old hip hop artist references his acquisition of the site in one of the four new songs he released late Wednesday night, titled "I Might Need Security," rapping, “I got a hit list so long I don't know how to finish./I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist b*tches out of business.” He also goes after President Barack Obama’s former Chief of Staff, current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, saying in the same song, “And Rahm you done, I’m expecting a resignation and open investigation on all these paid vacations for murderers.” Chance, a Chicago native whose parents have worked in city and state government, is a community activist who donated $1 million and raised another $1.2 million last year to help the city’s underfunded school system. In November, he attended a Chicago City Council meeting to criticize plans for a proposed $95 million police academy, suggesting the money would be better spent on schools. "Obviously schooling is my big thing, but there’s a lot of ways to transform the city that don’t have anything to do with police training," he said. More here.