Chicago musician Chance The Rapper will join Drake, Pharrell Williams, and DJ Khaled as a Beats 1 Radio host, having inked a new deal with the Internet radio platform bundled into Apple Music.
The rapper announced his new show on Pharrell’s show, OTHERtone, where he also talked about being a new father. He had prepared fans for the news by telling them to tune in via Twitter, saying that he had a big announcement to make on the show.
Following his appearance on the show, Chance tweeted, “Thank You #OTHERtone for helping me announce my new @Beats1 show,” which is expected to be called WorldWideChicago. The musician has yet to provide any further details as to programming, or what the format of the show will look like.
One of the biggest artist on the planet to remain purposefully without a major label affiliation, Chance The Rapper first made international waves in 2013 with his mixtape Acid Rap. A well-orchestrated variety show that included horn lines, speech song, and introspective verses, the tape garnered serious critical acclaim at the time of its release.
This year will likely bring some new music from the Chicago-based artist, and those new songs will probably premiere on his Beats 1 show.
What else Chance will bring to the show remains to be seen but, given the title, WorldWideChicago will almost certainly include music and interviews from various Chicago-based performers. The musician has taken something of a big brother role in his home city, where he recently made headlines for raising $60,000 in ten days for coats to give out to the city’s homeless.
The new radio show should work perfectly as another platform to bring attention to Chicago, though the benefits will likely be more about musical exposure than financial benefit — at least initially.
There has been no official news as to when WorldWideChicago will first hit the internet airwaves, but when it does, it will be available to all via Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio service.