Chance The Rapper Becomes The Youngest Person To Win The BET Humanitarian Award

Chance the Rapper has received the BET Humanitarian Award, just months after raising $2 million for the public school system in his hometown of Chicago.

In a continuation of his philanthropic ways, the West Chatham rapper used his acceptance speech to rail against cuts to education, unjust weed laws and police brutality. 

(Image: Daniel Gregory via Flickr CC)

(Image: Daniel Gregory via Flickr CC)

At 24-years-old, Chance is the youngest person ever to receive the award. "This is overwhelming. To be receiving something like this at my age, it feels good as hell," he said.

"It feels a little early to get something like this, but my God doesn't make mistakes. I like to think that he's putting this pressure on me to see how I react."

Chance then called on the US Government to "let everyone out of jail for selling weed before you start making it legal" and spoke about police brutality and a lack of funding for schools.

As BET write, he has made profound contributions to the Chicago locale, raising millions in donations, "surprising students at and opening up new ways for them to break into the music industry."

"I had plans to tell the world and everyone watching to make the world a better place," Chance said, "But my big homie Reese told me that we gotta work on ourselves before we change the world."

"I'm a good man and I'm gonna be a better man."

Michelle Obama, who's known him since he was "a wee baby rapper," praised Chance for taking that "bright spotlight that follows him and shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago."

"Chance, you are an outstanding role model, and an inspiration to people who care about our next generation… I can think of no better legacy to leave.

We are so incredibly proud of you, Chance. Chance is showing our young people that they matter."

Chance was also honored with the best new artist prize at the awards ceremony too.

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