Kamal Givens

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Kamal Givens
Born (1981-03-25) March 25, 1981 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Chance
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • television personality
Years active 2006–present
Known for Chance – I Love New York,I Love New York 2
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Labels Capitol
Associated acts
  • The Stallionaires
  • Real

Kamal Givens (born March 25, 1981), also known as Chance, is an American rapper and television personality. Givens is perhaps best known for his work in reality television, beginning with his role on season one of VH1's I Love New York, (2007) wherein he was one of 20 contenders for the affections of Tiffany "Miss New York" Pollard. On I Love New York, Givens appears with his brother Ahmad Givens, (whose nickname was Real). Givens is also a former Capitol Records artist.

Early life and The Stallionaires[edit]

Givens was the second of four children born to Robert and Claudia Givens in the South Central section of Los Angeles, California. Givens was raised on a horse ranch with his brothers, Ahmad, Sean and Micah Givens. Givens, his older brother Ahmad, and younger brother Micah were in a rap group known as the Stallionaires, in reference to where they were raised.[1]

Reality Television[edit]

I Love New York (2007)[edit]

Chance and Real were discovered by VH1 producers through their MySpace pages.[citation needed] The brothers were among 20 contestants in I Love New York. This Bachelor-style dating show features Tiffany Pollard, better known as Miss New York, in her quest to find true love. Chance was eliminated on the 11th episode, making him the show's runner-up. He then later was brought back on I Love New York 2 as a guest to help New York pick the right guy that season. Chance is also noteworthy, because not picking him was the only regret New York voiced publicly.[2]

I Love Money (2008)[edit]

Chance was one of the 17 contestants in the VH1 reality show I Love Money, which features returning contestants from past VH1 reality shows such as Flavor of Love, I Love New York, and Rock of Love with Bret Michaels. The 17 competed in physical and mental challenges en route to a grand prize of $250,000. Chance was eliminated around the middle of the show, after failing at being a "team player" in several challenges and generally being high maintenance.[citation needed] Hoopz (Nicole Alexander) ultimately won I Love Money.[citation needed]

Real Chance of Love (2008)[edit]

Subsequently, VH1 announced Chance and Real were to hosts a new, similar reality show, Real Chance of Love. It premiered October 20, 2008 after a "sneak peek" five days earlier,[3] and involved 17 women vying for the affection of the brothers over the span of 11 episodes.[4] Chance ended up not choosing anyone, saying he wasn't ready to fall in love. He and Real returned for the second season, Real Chance of Love 2, where they tried to find love, once again, with 20 new women vying for their affection. The second season ended with Chance choosing a contestant named "Hot Wings" over runner-up "Mamacita".[citation needed]

Personal[edit]

In November 2017, Givens was attacked by a monkey in Thailand while filming a documentary.[5]

Ahmad's death[edit]

Kamal's brother Ahmad died from colon cancer on February 20, 2015, aged 33 or 35.[6] Ahmad is survived by his widow Racquel, son Madhi, and other relatives.[7]

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