By Robyn Collins
Chance The Rapper has teamed up with the NAACP to encourage fans to vote in the upcoming election. Fans will have the opportunity to fill out voter registration forms on Chance’s tour, which kicks off in his hometown of Chicago on September 24.
The rapper made the announcement on Twitter and tagged it with #staywokeandvote, which is the NAACP’s official hashtag to try to encourage African-Americans to vote.
NAACP president Cornell William Brooks said, “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.”
Statistics show that only 10 percent of voters in the U.S. primary elections were African-Americans under the age of 45, which is down from 2008. In that same period, the number of African-American voters over 45 increased from 12 percent to 16 percent.
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Chance resorted to a different type of politics — railing against record labels — when he brought his music to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The rapper was joined by Lil Wayne, who is currently having record label issues, and 2 Chainz for a performance of “No Problem” from his Coloring Book mixtape. During their performance, the trio and back-up dancers destroyed a mock record label office.
Following the performance, Chance sat down to chat with the dancing talk show host. The two talked about his decision not to sign with a record label and the time they met at the White House. Then Ellen made some merch suggestions.