Barack Obama Praises Chance the Rapper During Chicago Show

The former president recorded a thank you message dedicated to the rapper, who served as the Grand Marshal at the 88th Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago.

AceShowbiz - %cChance the Rapper% held a free concert in his hometown of Chicago after Bud Billiken Parade over the weekend. The show featured performances by %cFuture% and %cJeremih%, but the biggest surprise of the night came from former President Barack Obama.

Barack Obama recorded a video message for Chance, praising and congratulating him for serving as the Grand Marshal of Bud Billiken, the largest and oldest African American parade in the U.S. "I felt obliged to say congratulations to you for being the Grand Marshal of Bud Billiken," Obama said. "I did it once and I ended up being President, so you never know what might happen."

The former president also spoke to the crowd, saying, "I wanted to just have the chance to say to all of you that the Bud Billiken Parade stands for so much that our community is about. We want to make sure our kids are safe."

"We want to make sure that they are ready for going back to school," he added. "We want to make sure that we are nurturing and attentive and encouraging and loving the next generation of leaders all around the city of Chicago. Chance, I am grateful for everything you have done for out young people back home."

Along with the free concert, Chance's non-profit youth empowerment organization SocialWorks teamed up with Brooklyn-based STATE bags to donate 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to Chicago student at the parade.

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