Michael Jackson Inspired Chance The Rapper To Get Into Charity Work

The King of Pop had a big impact on Chance the Rapper.

(AllHipHop News) Chance the Rapper has hailed Michael Jackson as the greatest musical philanthropist and the inspiration for his own charity work.

The hip-hop star is known for his charitable endeavors in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, including a recent $1 million gift to fund mental health services.

In an interview for Forbes, Chance, real name Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, cited the Thriller hitmaker as his primary inspiration over his fellow rappers.

"The greatest of all time...most philanthropic musician is Michael Joseph Jackson," Chance said. "I think he donated over $600 million to charities and more afterward... The only person I can really think of off the top when I think of charity that's a musician is Michael Jackson."

The 26-year-old is also inspired by fellow Chicagoan Kanye West, but feels the rapper's contribution to society has been mainly made through his music.

"That's how I've always thought about it cause most of the people that I grew up listening to were hip-hop artists and I don't really remember there being a lot of...Ye (Kanye) gave back to the people, but it was in a very different way," he explained. "It was always through his music. I can't really think of anybody else."