Chance the rapper is now a local media mogul.
He announced the deal to buy Chicagoist, a local news site about Windy City, in one of his four new tracks released at midnight ET Wednesday. In the song "I Might Need Security" he explains why.
"I just bought the Chicagoist to run racist bitches out of business," says Chance in the song, which features a continuous background vocal loop that repeats itself. f- you. "
Chicagoist.com has been rests since November 2017, when Joe Ricketts, billionaire of TD Ameritrade, along with Gothamist, DNAinfo, and others, closed down the site altogether, which came after the site's employees decided to write the Writers Guild of America In a statement, Chance the Rapper said: "I am very excited to continue the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for news, events and entertainment in Chicago … I look forward to to re-launch them and turn the people of Chicago into an independent media center that amplifies different voices and content.
Chance the Rapper acquired Chicagoist from New York's Public Radio WNYC, through the artist's newly-founded Social Media LLC, which seeks to promote local investigative journalism, diversity and representation for colored people across the media.The terms of the agreement were for Chicagoist Not disclosed.
25-year-old rapper-songwriter-actor-producer, born Chancelor Bennett, hails from Chicago's West Chatham neighborhood.
WNYC had originally acquired ownership of the Chicagoist Fortune, including the site's archives, Internet domain and social media channels, when it acquired Gothamist and its affiliate sites in February 2018. The public radio station relaunched Gothamist in New York City and houses the archives of DNAinfo. (LAist.com is now part of KPCC of Southern California Public Radio, and DCist.com is owned by Washington, DC, WAMU public radio.)
"We are pleased that the Chicago assets are finding a new home in their hands Proud Chicagoan, "Laura Walker, president and CEO of New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC, said in a statement released early Thursday. "WNYC is deeply committed to local journalism and building the community, and we're delighted that these resources will be used to support local reporting in the city of Chicago."
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