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Chance the Rapper announces purchase of Chicagoist website in newly released song

Chance the Rapper has purchased the defunct hyperlocal news website Chicagoist, announcing the deal in one of four new songs released late Wednesday.

In the track, titled “I Might Need Security,” the artist also calls out Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicagoist.com has been dormant since November, when owner Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade and patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, shut down the site along with Gothamist, DNAinfo and others. That came after the sites’ staffers voted to unionize under the Writers Guild of America East.

“I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment,” Chance, born Chancelor Bennett, said in a news release. “I look forward to relaunching it and bringing the people of Chicago an independent media outlet focused on amplifying diverse voices and content,” added the 25-year-old rapper-songwriter-actor-producer, who hails from the West Chatham neighborhood.