The next time your Chicago Lyft driver asks you about your favorite rapper, think before you answer. He could be a Grammy winner.
Chance the Rapper, the hip-hop artist born and raised in Chatham turned philanthropist, has covered himself up as Lyft driver in a new video to encourage users to round up their rates to support arts education programs in Public Schools from Chicago.
Desiree Hemphill, 34, of Chicago, was one of the lucky passengers featured in the video.
"I was participating in the trip, having a conversation with my driver as I normally would," he said. "He told me his name was John."
Hemphill said he once saw Chance the Rapper from the front row at Taste of Chicago. She never thought she would be in a Lyft with him.
"I really felt gullible," Hemphill said. "Even on that short trip, he was talking about all the things he wanted to do for the city. He is the real business. "
Chance and his nonprofit organization SocialWorks have already donated millions of dollars to CPS in recent years and have partnered with Lyft to encourage passengers to use the Round Trip and Donate function of the carpool service, which allows passengers to Users support a charity of their choice, including CPS: The New Chance Fund.
Hemphill said he would support the Round Up function.
"It was a no-brainer," he said. "Because I'm a product of the Chicago Public Schools."
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In the video, released on Monday as part of the "Undercover Lyft" series, Chance, disguised in shades and a garnet hat and named after John, leaves clues to his true identity, offers some silly performances and encourages runners to get in. The generous spirit.
"What's your name?" The rapper asks a passenger, who approaches to shake his hand with a look of disbelief.
"Qu-whoa," says the passenger.
"Whoa what?" Says Chance.
"Do you know who you are?" Says the passenger.
But not all passengers realized who was picking them up. Even with some obvious advice.
A passenger says he is from Chicago and asks about his driver's hometown.
"Yes, sir, same place," says Chance.
"I love my runners," Chance says to another passenger, before making fun of the letters in his "Coloring Book," press "All Night." "I do not like when they spill French fries on the seat, sometimes people lie on the seat, fart on the seat.
It acts for some unfortunate passengers like Lyft's driver, John, who is not gifted with Chance's abilities.
"My name is John, I'm from Chicago," "John" raps him when a passenger looks at him out of the corner of his eye.
Then, Chance begins to question the runners about their favorite rappers.
"I like Kanye, Chance the Rapper," says one rider.
"I love Chance the Rapper," Chance responds, standing above Kanye.
Another pilot is also a fan and tells Chance about his own concert.
"He did a show on Northerly Island for the Special Olympics," says the rider.
Finally, the disguise is removed, and Chance is revealed with a "3" pink chewing gum cap.
"I'm Chance the Rapper," he says.
"No, you're not," says one passenger.
With time, it sinks.
"Oh, my God!" She yells, before entering for a hug.
The partnership with Chance and SocialWorks is just the latest effort to benefit CPS. In March 2017, Chance presented the district with a $ 1 million check.
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During a SocialWorks summit on October 4, it was announced that the non-profit organization would continue to donate to CPS, with 20 additional schools that will receive grants next year.
At the summit, Chance also announced that he would give $ 1 million to mental health providers in Cook County as part of a new initiative called My State of Mind.
Chance has become an open activist and civic leader in Chicago in recent years, calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, joining forces with #NoCopAcademy to oppose the West Side Police training academy and buying the closed Chicagoist blog .
He is currently also partnering with Connie's Pizza, where supporters can buy a "Take a Chance" pizza with the shape of the number 3 that he wears in his signature hats. More than half of the proceeds go to SocialWorks, and any rounded checks go to the nonprofit's efforts.
"I'm only 25 years old, but I bet I'll get a statue in my hometown when I die," Chance says in the video.
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