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Chance The Rapper Goes Undercover As Lyft Driver To Raise Money For CPS

October 15, 2018 - 1:47 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Chance the Rapper is so serious about raising money for arts education programs in Chicago that he took a second job as a Lyft driver to spread the word.

The Chicago-born, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist, who has given millions of dollars to Chicago Public Schools recently, went undercover as a Lyft driver to make a video that encourages riders to donate to the city's public schools arts programs.

In the video, released Monday as part of the “Undercover Lyft” series, Chance, disguised in shades and a maroon hat and going by the name John, drops hints about his true identity, offers up some goofy performances and encourages riders to get into the giving spirit.

According to the Tribune, Chance and his nonprofit SocialWorks have already given millions of dollars to CPS in recent years and are partnering with Lyft to encourage passengers to use the ride-share service’s app feature Round Up and Donate, which allows users to support a charity of their choice, including CPS: The New Chance Fund.

The partnership with Chance and SocialWorks is just the latest effort to benefit CPS. In March 2017, Chance presented the district with a $1 million check.