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Will Chance The Rapper Announce A Mayoral Run In Chicago?

Chance the Rapper has scheduled an announcement Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET in Chicago surrounding the city’s upcoming mayoral election, according to a tweet reading “media advisory” posted by the rapper Monday.

Some speculate the rapper may announce his own mayoral candidacy after a cryptic tweet including one of his own song lyrics was posted alongside the announcement. The tweet read “I’m thinkin maybe I should,” which is a lyric from the rapper’s 2015 song “Somewhere In Paradise.” The full lyric reads: “They say I’m saving my city, say I’m staying for good / They screaming ‘Chano for mayor,’ I’m thinking maybe I should.”

Others don’t believe the rapper will make his own run for the position, but rather use the Tuesday platform to endorse his own picks for the position. He may use the time to endorse Amara Enyia, a Chicago South Side activist who has previously announced her candidacy, according to WGN Chicago.

Her platform includes providing equal opportunities to all Chicago residents, improving schools and advocating for government transparency.

Chance The Rapper performs onstage during Chance The Rapper to Headline Spotify’s RapCaviar Live In Brooklyn in Partnership with Live Nation Urban and Verizon on September 29, 2018, at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York. The rapper is a Chicago native who is vocal about the city’s politics. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Spotify

“Right now, Chicago exists as two cities – one in which families are being displaced from the neighborhoods they have called home for generations, community schools are under-resourced and shuttered, leaving some families with few, if any, quality school options,” Enyia’s website reads. “Violence has become a daily nightmare for far too many. Other communities feel they have no voice in decision-making.” 

Chance The Rapper was publicly elated when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not be running for reelection. Before Emanuel’s announcement, the rapper urged Chicagoans to vote against his reinstatement in an interview with Genius. “It’s important that people know we have a s***** mayor, but I’m sure everybody else has s***** mayors that they need to worry about. I just really hope that he’s not actually gonna run again because it’s over for his ass, yo. It’s over for his ass.”

The rapper is an activist in Chicago who often advocates for funding the city’s schools. On Monday, the rapper went undercover as a Lyft driver to raise money for Chicago Public Schools in a video posted on YouTube. In the past, he’s organized monthly open mic nights for Chicago high school students and even led a March To The Polls in the city.

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