Update (5/13): Stream the mixtape now known as Coloring Book right here! It's also a free download.
Original story (5/6): Chicago 23-year-old Chance the Rapper hit The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (May 5) to debut a fantastic new song, "Blessings." But it's not just a new Chance song: It's the trumpet heralding Chance 3, the sequel to 2013's Acid Rap, long praised as one of the best mixtapes of the new millennium. To get up to speed, here's everything he's done since—and spin our ultimate Chance the Rapper playlist while you're at it.
As we just mentioned, he debuted the song "Blessings" on Fallon on May 5, 2016.
He premiered the Saba-featuring song "Angels" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in October 2015.
He became a father.
He and his longtime girlfriend welcomed a daughter in September 2015, when Chance was 22. A few months later he'd rap, "My daughter look just like Sia, you can't see her."
He still didn't sign to a label.
Chance the Rapper has never sold a single song for profit.
He performed on Saturday Night Live as the first independent artist to ever hit the stage.
He debuted the Jeremih-featuring "Somewhere in Paradise" during his December 2015 visit. The studio version has R. Kelly, too.
He met with President Barack Obama at the White House.
He was there with J. Cole, Janelle Monáe, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Alicia Keys, Pusha T, Common, Ludacris, Wale and DJ Khaled to talk about My Brother's Keeper, an initiative aiming to "help younger generations of blacks and other minorities stay on the right path."
Today I sat with the President of the United States to discuss #MyBrothersKeeper and Criminal Justice Reform. I'm more confident than ever.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 16, 2016
He collaborated with/guested on songs by a boatload of other amazing artists.
Including Lil Wayne, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Childish Gambino, Wale, Busta Rhymes, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Action Bronson and Kehlani. Sample a few of those here:
He received Chicago's Outstanding Youth of the Year Award in 2014.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's former Chief of Staff, gave him the award. At the time, Chano called it "the most important award I will ever win."
He made the 2014 XXL Freshman Class.
Which also included Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates, fellow Chicagoan/collaborator Vic Mensa.
He spoke at Harvard's Hiphop Archive & Research Institute.
"I don't really see myself ever needing a house in Paris or some freaky shit like that," he said in May 2015. "I just want to get old in Chicago and be with my homies and make dope music and randomly come to Harvard and give a lecture." He also talked about misogyny (including in his own lyrics), violence in Chicago, gospel music and the Baltimore riots.
He dropped a freestyle mixtape with Lil B in 2015.
He launched The Social Experiment with Donnie Trumpet.
They started touring in 2013 and dropped a surprise album for free on iTunes—and subsequently everywhere else—called Surf in May 2015.
He became a festival hero and headlined Pitchfork Music Festival in 2015.
He's also done Bonnaroo, Hot 97's Summer Jam, Coachella, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, Lollapalooza and Sasquatch, to name a few.
He buddied up with/attained to cosign of Taylor Swift.
When her 1989 Tour rolled through Chi-Town in 2015, this happened:
He teamed with Vice to drop the 24-minute short film Mr. Happy.
It's been viewed 1.3 million times since its March 2015 premiere.
And he revealed the Chance 3 cover art, which is delightfully in keeping with his other two mixtapes:
For more, check out these seven times Chance has covered your favorite songs, plus an archival Fuse piece with the kid: