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Chance The Rapper, who became an overnight favorite due to his critically acclaimed mixtape Acid Rap, caps off a stellar year with a cover appearance on The Source magazine’s “Rookie of the Year” issue.

The Chicago native, partially known for his quirkiness, doubles as a puppeteer. On his lap is a smaller version of himself, which undoubtedly inspired by his independent success. In other words, Chance simply controls his own destiny.

See an excerpt from The Source cover story below:

“I’m not even on the drugs like that anymore. I smoke cigarettes—I should quit that at some point—and weed, but it’s like, you know, in my opinion, the point of life is to have fun, and lots of it. From experience, sometimes, drugs can get in the way of that, so, to answer your question, drugs don’t really have that much of a role in my life anymore, but they inspired some of the music, and that’ll always be a part of me, in some way.” When Chance takes that stage, whether it’s at Hammerstein Ballroom or across the Atlantic Ocean, the connection between him and his fans is almost as electric as the bass line in “Smoke Again”. At some points, Chance emits such a tense aura the gaze between him and a group of fans as he runs through his fast-paced verse on “Good Ass Intro”, Acid Raps’ introductory track could be cut with a pair of scissors. Don’t mistake his over-the-top personality with him straying away from the pure talents of rap, though. “I’m a rapper, dog”, he playfully points out, ‘I rap raw as f*ck dude, ask The Source Magazine.’”

Photo: The Source