The Chicago MC shares how Kanye West inspired him to act up in school.
(Photo: Courtesy of Complex Magazine)
Chance the Rapper is still on the come up, but he’s “about to explode” according to the Oct/Nov. issue of Complex magazine, which he covers.
Inside, the “unapologetically middle class” rapper hailing from Chi-town details a tumultuous relationship with his father and how Kanye West’s debut album influenced his anti-school disposition. “I was a mad impressionable kid, and every skit from The College Dropout was telling me how I didn’t need school. And I think that had a very big impact on how I treated it,” he said.
His disdain for traditional education spilled over into the one assignment he remembers turning in during senior year: an essay on why he doesn’t want to go to college. The various acts of defiance — including a 10-day suspension for smoking weed at school — strained Chance’s relationship with his father. “I was like his bad son,” he admitted. “At one point [my father] was like, ‘I might have to kill this n---a. He is too bad. I put this n---a in the world…He used to say that. Only way more violently.”
The two didn’t speak for three years until the 20-year-old’s friend Rodney was killed in Aug. 2011. “It was a really crazy situation that we went through,” he added, explaining that his father picked him up from the hospital after the tragedy. “From then, we just valued each other a lot more. He really started taking my music s--- seriously.”
It’s a good thing Chance’s dad got behind his music aspirations, because the youngster is already laying the groundwork for a long career. His first mixtape, 10 days, after the aforementioned suspension, has been earning him buzz ever since. Besides covering Complex and making its 10 New Chicago Rapper’s to Watch list, he was also nominated for XXL magazine’s 2013 Freshman class and in April released his second mixtape, Acid Rap, which came in at No. 63 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop charts even though it was never supposed to go up for sale.
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