Before Chance the Rapper hits the road for his “Be Encouraged” Tour next week, the Chicago native is making sure that no unauthorized entities profit off the trek. Last Wednesday (April 19), The Coloring Book creator filed a lawsuit against several bootleggers – who remained unidentified – for allegedly selling fake merchandise during his 2016 tour.
The complaint is a preemptive strike against bootleggers as Chance wants his fans to buy authorized clothing from him. More importantly, profits from his merchandise will most likely go to his charitable arts program, which is benefiting the budget-strapped Chicago Public Schools. So far, he has raised over $2.5 million for CPS.
So you can’t be mad at him for filing a lawsuit.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chance owns the Chance the Rapper trademark for the sales of T-shirts, baseball caps, hoodies, sweatshirts and other apparel. “Artist has achieved wide renown during his career in the music industry, as well as through his humanitarian and charitable efforts in his hometown of Chicago,” his attorneys wrote in the lawsuit.
Chance announced that his “Be Encouraged” Tour will kick off next week with King Louie and DJ Oreo opening up the show. The tour launches April 24 in San Diego, Calif., and stretches through the summer before winding down on Oct. 20 in Phoenix, Ariz.
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