This past Sunday, the Grammys didn’t shy away from politics thanks to some subtle messaging from artists like Katy Perry and some not-so-subtle messaging from artists like A Tribe Called Quest. However, Best New Artist winner Chance the Rapper stayed noticeably neutral that night, despite his history of political engagement.
This week, Chance is back in the conversation thanks to an interview he had on The Undefeated along with Chicago Bulls player Jimmy Butler. The Chicago rapper responded to a Trump tweet posted back in January below:
Chance responded, “I can only expect that he means he’s gonna, from a federal level, help out with, you know, the teachers’ strike and the union issues. I don’t like to think that he, you know, said what he meant or meant what he said.”
He further vented, “I’m tired of n—-s talkin’ about Chicago like it is a Third World country. Like, that it is not a place of booming business with a very successful downtown and all types of new development.”
Chance has been a consistent voice and celebrated figure for Chicago. Considering his comments, it appears he knows the multifaceted issues of his city, as opposed to general tweets that encourage vague actions. I think it’s safe to say, we can expect Chance to keep speaking up as we enter this next political era.