Since getting his first major cover story courtesy of Complex in 2013, Chance the Rapper has shot up in rap’s hierarchy, jetting to the upper echelon based on his talent, work ethic, and charisma. He became the first independent artist to win a Grammy and perform on Saturday Night Live. Then he became the face of campaigns for both Kit-Kat and Nike. And as a casual side venture, he’s also working to fix the inequalities in Chicago’s school systems.
Not bad for a soon-to-be 25-year-old.
As he continues work on the follow-up to 2016’s Coloring Book, Chance has been keeping himself relevant by appearing on other artist’s tracks, most recently on Cardi B’s debut album Invasion of Privacy. In the world of rap, an artist’s success can be measured, at least partially, by the quantity and quality of their guest appearances on others’ tracks. While we’re still waiting for the long-rumored collaboration album between himself and Childish Gambino, Chance’s guest verse catalogue remains varied and deep, spanning across several genres with a wide range of artists.
He’s teamed up with megastars like Justin Bieber and Kanye West, but he’s also popped up on tracks with everybody from friends to childhood idols, bringing his own unique style and flair to each to further establish his own lane in popular music. He’s touched on everything from lost love to Gucci belt-assisted booty rubs, advocated against both drunk driving and Xanax usage, and taken time to twice mention his affinity for having just a mattress and no bed frame. He’s shown off varied flows, rhythms, contributions, and topic matters, but throughout it all, carried with him the same energy he’d bring to his own music.
Without further ado, here are the best Chance The Rapper features.