Chance the Rapper has turned the music industry on its head, all while carving out a truly unique path to success.
He made an appearance on the NPR podcast What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito, where he discussed everything from politics to stereotypes in hip-hop. Narratives are an important facet of an artist’s identity and Chance lamented that there’s pressure to maintain a “hard” persona in hip-hop. “I think there’s just always been a quiet conversation and joke that if you’re not if you’re not hard, if you’re not from an impoverished neighborhood, if you’re not certain constructs of a black stereotype, then you’re not black,” he continued.
Chance is well aware of the power and influence he has in music and asserted that, “I just have a larger platform than all platforms. I have a bigger voice than Donald Trump, than literally anybody who works in politics. I can connect with people on the level of appealing as a person who is still being a citizen, as a person who does what he wants. But I have ideas on how to voice opinions and ideas that other people just don’t have.”
Check out the full interview here!