Chance the Rapper bought the local Chicago news site Chicagoist 'to run you racist b------ out of business'

  • Chance the Rapper bought the assets for the local Chicago news site Chicagoist, he announced on Wednesday.
  • He references his acquisition of the site in one of the four new songs he released late Wednesday night, titled "I Might Need Security."
  • "I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist b------ out of business," he raps on the track, after referencing his distaste for a Chicago Sun-Times opinion article about him.  

Chance the Rapper has purchased the assets for the local Chicago news site Chicagoist from WNYC, New York's public radio station, he announced on Wednesday.

Chance references his acquisition of the site in one of the four new songs he released late Wednesday night, titled "I Might Need Security."

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GURNEE, IL - JUNE 21: Chance the Rapper attends the Great Wolf Lodge Illinois grand opening celebration at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois on June 21, 2018 in Gurnee, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Singer Chance the Rapper performs as a special guest on the Coachella stage during week 1, day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 15, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella)
SANTIAGO, CHILE - MARCH 17: Chance the Rapper performs during the second day of Lollapalooza Chile 2018 at Parque O'Higgins on March 17, 2018 in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: Honoree Chance The Rapper, recipient of the Innovator Award, poses in the press room during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 11, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 18: Chance the Rapper hangs out at New Era All Star Event with Mike Will Made It and Rae Sremmurd on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Misha Vladimirskiy/WireImage)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1731 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chance The Rapper during 'Opening Monologue' in Studio 8H on Saturday, November 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0771 -- Pictured: Chance the Rapper during an interview on November 16, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 20: Chance The Rapper performs at Camelback Stage during day 1 of the 2017 Lost Lake Festival on October 20, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 14: Chance the Rapper performs onstage during weekend two, day two of Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 14, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Chance the Rapper during Monday's September 25, 2017 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Chance The Rapper performs on Downtown Stage during day 1 of the 2017 Life Is Beautiful Festival on September 22, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic )
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Chance The Rapper attends XQ Super School Live at The Barker Hanger on September 8, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 06: Chance The Rapper holds a press conference and donates $1 Million Dollars to the Chicago Public School Foundation at Westcott Elementary School on March 6, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 18: Chance the Rapper (C) attends GQ Celebration of NBA All-Star Weekend 2017 at Ogden Museum Of Southern Art on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images for GQ)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 24: Chance the Rapper sits courtside during the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Chicago Bulls on February 24, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Chance The Rapper arrives at the 59th GRAMMY Awards on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Chance The Rapper (center) and guests attend GQ and Chance The Rapper Celebrate the Grammys in Partnership with YouTube at Chateau Marmont on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for GQ)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Chance the Rapper performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artists Beyonce (L) and Chance the Rapper attend The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Singer Chance the Rapper performs onstage during the 2017 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Chance the Rapper and DJ Khaled arrive at DJ Khaled's Special Announcement Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Epic Records)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Casey Affleck' Episode 1714 -- Pictured: Musical guest Chance The Rapper performs on December 17, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: Chance the Rapper performs during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse in President's Park on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 21: Chance the Rapper performs at Le Zenith on November 21, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns )
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 16: Chance the Rapper performs live during a concert at the Columbiahalle on November 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Chance The Rapper performs on Camp Stage during day one of Tyler, the Creator's 5th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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WNYC acquired Chicagoist, the local New York news site Gothamist, and DNAinfo in February, months after their billionaire owner, Joe Ricketts, shut down the sites in November 2017, immediately following a vote by the sites' newsrooms to unionize.

In his new single, Chance references his distaste for a Chicago Sun-Times opinion article from 2017 that addressed a child support dispute Chance was allegedly involved in ("I donate to the schools / next, they call me a deadbeat daddy," he raps). He then raps, "I got a hit list so long I don't know how to finish. I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist b------ out of business." 

"I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment," Chance said in a statement on Thursday. "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."

Chance's release of four new singles follows the rapper walking back a Chicago Tribune report earlier this week that said he was set to release a new album this week. 

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