Chance The Rapper has excited fans with a cryptic tweet hinting at a career change from music to politics. He then followed it up by announcing a Tuesday morning press conference at Chicago City Hall.
The Grammy-winning rapper, 25, has long been politically active in his hometown of Chicago, which has included large donations to local charities, meeting with local political figures, and ongoing community activism.
Chance (born Chancelor Jonathan Bennett) has also been vocal about his political aspirations — not surprising, given that his father, Ken Williams-Bennett, worked for Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
However, since Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek re-election, Chance apparently has expressed interest in throwing his hat into the ring.
Fans immediately speculated that the tweet indicated his interest in a mayoral run, as Chance’s tweet was in reference to his song “Somewhere in Paradise”, in which he raps: “They say I’m saving my city, say I’m staying for good / They screaming ‘Chano for mayor,’ I’m thinking maybe I should.”
Speculation grew when he followed up his tweet with another, announcing he’ll be holding a press conference on Tuesday morning regarding the Chicago mayoral election.
Despite the obvious Twitter support, however, Chance has yet to make a formal declaration of candidacy for the upcoming mayoral election, scheduled for February 2019.