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Chance the Rapper rules out political run

Chance The Rapper has shot down suggestions he should run for political office, insisting he can do more for causes he cares about as an artist.
Fans of the No Problem hitmaker, real name Chancelor Bennett, recently launched a campaign online urging the Chicago, Illinois native to consider challenging the city’s current Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the top job when the next election takes place in February, 2019.
Locals have been singing the praises of the 24-year-old thanks to his ongoing efforts to help the community, including donating $1 million (£779,000) to public schools in his hometown and establishing a new fund specifically for literature and arts programmes.
Despite the huge public support, Chance insists trading his career in music for politics isn’t something that interests him.
“I would never run for any office or government position,” he tells Ebony magazine. “I’m not into it. I think politics is a reason why a lot of stuff doesn’t get done. There’s a lot of favours, and a lot of people are held back by their intentions of being re-elected or the things that they owe their party or constituents.”
Instead, Chance, who was recently named as one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Greatest World Leaders, prefers to focus on helping others by using his position in the hip-hop industry to continue doing good.
“I think when you’re in my position as an artist, I can say what I want and talk about the issues that matter,” he explained.
Chance’s family is no stranger to politics – his father Ken Bennett previously worked with former U.S. President Barack Obama, and served as deputy chief of staff to Mayor Emanuel.

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