Chance the Rapper Acquires Chicagoist Assets from WNYC

Chance the Rapper Acquires Chicagoist Assets from WNYC, 
Announces the Deal in a Newly Released Song


(Chicago, IL and New York, NY – July 19, 2018) -- In his new single “I Might Need Security,” Chance the Rapper announced that he has acquired the assets of Chicagoist, the former local news site. The song is available on all major streaming platforms and at

The deal took place between WNYC, the public radio station and national audio producer in New York City, and Chance the Rapper’s Social Media LLC. WNYC had initially taken ownership of the Chicagoist assets – including the site’s archives, internet domain, and social media channels -- when it acquired Gothamist and its associated sites in February 2018. WNYC has since relaunched Gothamist in New York City.

“We are delighted that the Chicagoist assets are finding a new home in the hands of a proud Chicagoan,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC. “WNYC has a strong commitment to local journalism and building community, and we are pleased that these assets will be used to support local coverage in the great city of Chicago.”

"I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment,” said Chance The Rapper. “WNYC’s commitment to finding homes for the “ist” brands, including Chicagoist, was an essential part of continuing the legacy and integrity of the site. I look forward to re-launching it and bringing the people of Chicago an independent media outlet focused on amplifying diverse voices and content.”


About WNYC / New York Public Radio

With an urban vibrancy and a global perspective, WNYC is New York’s public radio station, broadcasting and streaming award-winning journalism, groundbreaking audio programming and essential talk radio to the city and beyond. WNYC is a leading member station of NPR and also broadcasts programs from the BBC World Service, along with a roster of WNYC-produced local programs that champion the stories and spirit of New York City and the surrounding region. From its state-of-the-art studios, WNYC is reshaping audio for a new generation of listeners, producing some of the most-loved nationally-syndicated public radio programs including RadiolabOn the MediaThe Takeaway and Snap Judgment. WNYC broadcasts on 93.9 FM and AM 820 to listeners in New York and the tri-state area, and is available to audiences everywhere at, the WNYC app and through major digital radio services, all made possible through the generous support of our members, donors and sponsors.


About Social Media LCC

Social Media LLC is a company formed by Chance the Rapper to promote hyper local investigative journalism, diversity and representation for people of color in media spaces.