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Hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper in Manila in August


American hip-hop recording artist and Grammy Award winner Chance the Rapper

(photo) joins the roster of internatio­nal artists set to perform in Manila as announced by concert promoter MMI Live.

Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known profession­ally as Chance the Rapper, is slated to perform on Aug. 22, at the MOA Arena presented by MMI Live together with Globe as he will be bringing his first-ever arena headlining tour in Asia.

The Chicago superstar rose to prominence after he self-released his debut mixtape 10

Day in 2012 and his stunning Acid Rap in 2013. Since then, Chance the Rapper has performed in festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapaloo­za, and worked with superstars like Lil B, Kanye West, Skrillex, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, among others.

Though early in his career still, Chance the Rapper’s best bit as a hip-hop artist and musician has come from his third mixtape,

Coloring Book, in 2016. The mixtape featured guest appearance­s from Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Future.

Debuting at No. 8 on Billboard 200, it became the first release to chart solely on streams. The mixtape was widely lauded by the critics and went on to receive three Grammy nomination­s including Best Rap Album, Best New Artist and Best Rap Performanc­e for the single

No Problem, featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz with seven other nomination­s in total. It also became the first streaming-exclusive album to ever do so with over 57 million streams its first week. The Grammy-winning single, No Problem, was a Top 50 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached No. 5 on the Billboard Rhythmic chart.

A devout Christian and often refers to Christ in his songs, Chance the Rapper was also presented Chicago’s Outstandin­g Youth of the Year Award by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and was listed seventh on the Forbes’ “30 Under 30” 2015 music list.

Tickets to his Manila concert are now available via SM Tickets (log on to or call 470-2222). For more details, follow MMI Live (on Facebook), and @mmilive (on Instagram and Twitter), or visit

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