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Chance the Rapper Buys Chicago News Site to 'Run You Racist B— out of Business'

July 19, 2018
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By Erin Thibeau

Chance the Rapper can now call himself a publisher.

Chance has bought the assets of local news site Chicagoist, making the announcement in the political new track "I Might Need Security," which he released along with three others on Wednesday.

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The South Side native raps, "But Sun-Times get in that Rauner business / I got a hit-list so long I don't know how to finish / I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist bitches out of business."

Chicagoist, part of the Gothamist group of sites, was most recently owned by WNYC. (Here in the District, DCist was recently brought back to life by WAMU.) A group of public radio stations bought the Gothamist sites back in February.

The deal went down between WNYC and Chance's Social Media LLC.

“We are delighted that the Chicagoist assets are finding a new home in the hands of a proud Chicagoan,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio, in a statement. “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.”

Chance said, "I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment. WNYC’s commitment to finding homes for the 'ist' brands, including Chicagoist, was an essential part of continuing the legacy and integrity of the site. I look forward to re-launching it and bringing the people of Chicago an independent media outlet focused on amplifying diverse voices and content.”

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