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Chance the Rapper announces debut album title, 'The Big Day,' and release date

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCChance the Rapper made it official Tuesday night: his debut studio album is called The Big Day and it'll be out July 26.

The Chicago-born emcee joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Tuesday to break the news. Fallon said he and Chance made a deal backstage; if the host pre-ordered a copy of the album, Chance would announce either the title or the release date. After Fallon confirmed his order, Chance decided to drop both pieces of info.

Fallon also revealed the album's cover art during the interview. Chance wrapped his visit by sitting down with Jimmy to play The Tonight Show game "Box of Lies."

The Big Day may be Chance's first album, but it's far from the rapper's first body of work. He rose to fame through the release of five mixtapes, the first in 2012. In 2017 he won Best Rap Album at the Grammys for the fourth, Coloring Book, released the year before.

Chance's philanthropy has also garnered him attention. Through his nonprofit SocialWorks in 2017, he  committed to a $1 million donation for Chicago's public schools. This year, he donated an addition $1 million to mental health services.

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