Flashback. It’s the early 2000's. A young Chance the Rapper is rocking the mic like a vandal (what up Vanilla Ice) in a packed Chicago clothing store. He spits his flow. High schoolers sing along. A star is born. This is where Patrick Corcoran fell in love with Chance Bennett (in a non-romantic way. We write entrepreneurial stories here at Freshly Squeezed—not rapper erotica)...
Chance's career is worth writing home about. He's an independent artist who worked his way to the top. He's truly self-made. He never signed with a label. He cleared all his tracks himself. He's had eight Grammy nominations (and won three of them). But this article is about Pat, his (now ex) manager. Take a seat, Chance. Let’s talk show biz baby.
Patrick played football throughout high school, but senior year he took a choir class. Yup. A choir class. That’s where his passion for the gridiron was replaced with music. After hitting a few high notes, he ditched the shoulder pads and went to college to pursue music.
Patrick already knew of Chance from being involved in the Chicago music community, but after he worked his way into the industry, he met Chance Bennett’s dad. The two hit it off, and—needless to say—Ken Bennett took a liking to the hardworking Chicago kid. Soon after that, Patrick got a phone call. It was Ken, and he had a job offer: to be the manager for the once-in-a-lifetime talent, Chance the Rapper. They met for lunch, shook hands, and it was solidified. Everything was running smoothly until he realized this gig was a full-time job. The first order of business? A concert. He would have to drop out of college to make it happen.
His parents didn’t like that too much. So, to make him start thinking straight, they all started going to family therapy. For almost two months they tried to talk some sense into him, but it all changed on the last day of therapy. The shrink walked in, looked at Pat, and said, “I heard about your concert on the radio this morning. It’s all sold out!” (Mic drop). His parents relented, he officially dropped out, and the rest is history. Get fired up.
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