by Phil W. Hudson

Chance the Rapper has Georgia on his mind.

According to a tweet from Chance the Rapper (born Chancellor Johnathan Bennett), the 2017 Grammy Awards’ Best New Artist wants to go to Clark Atlanta University (CAU).

“I was tryna go to Clark ATL,” the tweet reads. “I’m still tryna go. Like not honorary, the full blown ya dig. Can someone help me sign up.”

The 24-year-old Chicago native is an advocate for education. In March, the artist turned activist donated $1 million to the Chicago Public School system.

The rapper has a strong following in Atlanta and most recently performed in the city June 11 to a sold-out crowd at Lakewood Amphitheatre.

CAU is a private-historically black university and is the largest institution in the Atlanta University Center Consortium, which is the largest consortium of African American private universities and consists of Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College.

CAU rival Morehouse tried to get in on the action by hinting at recruiting the rapper.

“The CAU is a great place to be,” Morehouse tweeted at the rapper. “Morehouse is an even better House to call home! Welcome home my brother, we would love to have you in Atl.”

But, CAU wasn’t having it.

“He said #CAU,” the school said in response to Morehouse. “Stop the madness.”

Chance the Rapper has touted himself an independent artist free of major record label influence but a recent deal with Apple Music has some questioning the validity of that claim.

In March, he said Apple paid him $500,000 to cut a 30-second commercial and exclusively steam his digital mixtape “Coloring Book” for two weeks in 2016.

Atlanta could be a good place for the recent three-time Grammy Award-winning rapper to drop anchor and continue developing his career while in school.

During a 2015 interview with Atlanta Business Chronicle, founder and CEO of Atlanta-based record label Jeezy (born Jay Wayne Jenkins) said Atlanta’s hip-hop community is synergistic in nature.

“It helps it a lot because this thing of ours that we have here is a community thing,” he said. “We feed off each other. Everybody is always poppin’ at different times and keeping the city going. It’s never quiet. I think we all help each other.”

It’s likely Chance the Rapper views the Big Peach’s hip-hop scene as a behemoth in the national landscape as Kadife Sylvester, southeast street regional promotions director for Def Jam Recordings, said the city is ground zero for urban music.

“Over the last 10 years, artists from Atlanta have set the tone for the national urban music industry,” Sylvester said. “Atlanta is music’s new Motown.”


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