Wed 11 Jan 2017
Along with being announced as headliners for Bonnaroo 2017, Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd are the latest cover stars for GQ‘s upcoming February issue. Before The Weeknd’s story hits online this Thursday (Jan. 12), the magazine unveils its cover story with Lil’ Chano from 79th called The Gospel According To Chance.
Speaking with GQ‘s style editor Mark Anthony Green, Chance the Rapper speaks on his now popular “3” cap, the importance of the GRAMMYs, understanding Kanye West while outsiders slam him, embarrassing Facebook videos from high school, fatherhood, Trump’s presidency, and whether he should actually be called Chance the Artist.
GQ also goes in studio with the 23-year-old and The Social Experiment. Sitting down at the piano, Chance speaks on his inspirations, influences, and the important lessons he learned from Kanye. Check out the video and some excerpts below.
Continue after the jump….
How important are the Grammys—to music, and to Chance the Rapper?
I think the Grammys are super important to music. As a musician, I think it’s the same thing as an actor receiving an Oscar. Do I think that the Grammys are always fully representative of a person’s talent? No. Just like Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get an Oscar until this past year. And he’s been doing his fucking thing. But I think everybody wants validation, everybody wants to feel like they did right. And I think the nominations are my victory. You know?
How are you not afraid of a Trump presidency? Help us feel better.
You gotta just understand, like, shit has been fucked-up, right? Like, “Make America Great Again,” that’s not a real thing because shit ain’t really switched up for them. It’s not really going that bad for you. If you feel like you’re the under-represented, under-appreciated side of Middle America that is white—quote me—you need to, uh, toughen up, nigga! Somebody gotta punch you in the chest, because shit is sweet for you. You know what I’m saying? I would say to everybody, you know, the world is coming together. Like there’s—every day people are becoming more and more, I’m not using this word in terms of emotion, but sensitive to real issues and—
Yeah. And aware. That’s really what I mean. People are raising their kids to be more and more knowledgeable and understanding. I would say the main reason not to be afraid is that I’m making music for your kids now. I’m coming so clean-cut with the message of hope and understanding, and the Word, that it’s like: What could you be fearful of?
*Read Chance the Rapper’s full GQ cover story by clicking here.