Chicago rapper and real-life superhero Chance The Rapper is on the cover of this month’s EBONY Magazine.
Chance the ACTIVIST, Chance the DAD, Chance for PRESIDENT, @chancetherapper is taking over our #BlackMusicIssue. “This is God’s year. You know, every year is God’s year, but this is a moment of awakening for a lot of people. I’ve just seen a lot of stuff in my own life that has pushed me toward being closer to God and closer to my faith, and it has materialized into success.” – Chance. On newsstands now, head to the link in our bio for more info. Photo credit: @asmithphotos #chancetherapper
While the cover line teases that Chance has a chance at being President of the United States someday, he insists that he is not interested. The MC/activist has managed to get a lot done without any government assistance. This includes raising more than $2 million for the Chicago Public School system and championing the arts with his Open Mike program. So, the way he sees it, why get into politics now?
“I would never run for any office or government position…I’m not into it. I think politics is a reason why a lot of stuff doesn’t get done. There’s a lot of favors, and a lot of people are held back by their intentions of being re-elected or the things that they owe their party or constituents. I think when you’re in my position as an artist, I can say what I want and talk about the issues that matter.”
Chance’s non-interest in politics isn’t keeping people from nudging him though. Earlier this year a petition began circulating practically begging him to run for Mayor of Chicago in 2019. If we know anything about Chance, he’s not easily swayed. Despite all the bags of money being thrown at him from record labels, he’s refused to sign any deals. Although people are willing to pay for his music, he only wants to give it away for free. So far, his plan has worked for him, so don’t expect for him to change course now.
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