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Chance the Rapper - From Drug Addiction to Jesus

Updated: Oct 11

“I was just tweaking. I was a Xan-zombie, not doing anything productive and just going through relationship after relationship after relationship,” admitted three time Grammy award winner Chance the Rapper in a interview with GQ magazine in 2016.


On a song in his Grammy award winning album “Coloring Book” he openly stats, “Last year got addicted to Xans / Started forgetting my name and started missing my chance.”


Xanax is a highly additive drug, and wildly sought out on the streets. It is "formally know as alprazolam, is a short-acting benzodiazepine, that is used to treat anxiety disorders including panic disorder."


The now twenty six year old Chicago native grew up listening to jazz and Gospel music in a Christian home. His father was an aid to then-Senator Barack Obama. Chance the Rapper, real name Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, met the future president as a kid and told him he wanted to become a rapper. Obama responded by saying, "word."


In 2014 his mixtape "Acid Rap" gained mass exposure and has been downloaded over 1.5 million times. The talented and energetic young artist has given his music away for free since day one of his career, and he still does. Yes, you read that right. He gives it all away for free, and his fans love him for it.


After "Acid Rap" put him on the hip hop map he made the move from his home town of Chicago to the sunshine of Los Angeles, California, "in a pill fog," cited GQ magazine.


After realizing that his ways of living while in LA were taking him no where fast, he made the move back to Chicago. He faced his demons and began to seek God. He got back with his childhood girlfriend, and they got pregnant. “I think it was the baby that, you know, brought my faith back," stated Chance the Rapper.


With a new baby, drug free, and back in his home town he began to make his Grammy Award winning album "Coloring Book". He apparently slept in the studio for two months straight with his girlfriend and new daughter.


Many of his songs speak of faith, and Jesus. He gave all the credit to God when he received the Grammy for Best Rap Album of the Year in