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Chance the Rapper fights for his hometown

Leah Laskowski

Assistant tempo Editor

Photo courtesy of Instagram user ChancetheRapper At the 2017 Grammy Awards, Chance the Rapper became the first artist to win a Grammy without selling physical copies of his music – instead, he released his songs online for free.

Chicago continues to come under fire for the amount of violence flooding the city, but  Chance the Rapper still holds pride in the city he calls home.


While appearing on a joint cover of ESPN The Magazine  Feb. 16, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper and The Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler spoke about their city, which is often characterized by its violence.


The Chicago native reflected on Trump’s ultimatum to call upon the federal government to occupy the streets if the city’s lawmakers do not do a better job dealing with crime. In his opinion, the president’s words were somewhat extreme.


“I hope he’s coming in to do some type of federal overturn of our state and city budgets in terms of schooling and housing,” said Chance the Rapper.


After the Grammy Award winner was asked how he feels about President Trump’s recent tweet, claiming he will “send in the feds” to clean up the violence, Chance said he’s tired of Chicago being seen as a third-world country.


“It sounds like he was going to go to war with Chicago. I can only expect that he means he’s going to, from a federal level, help out with the teacher’s strike and the union issues. I don’t like to think that the president said what he meant or meant what he said,” Chance said.


The singer, songwriter and record producer joked as the interview, intended to highlight basketball and music, turned into him urging how the violence in his hometown is being approached the wrong way. This may be a nod to the name of the interview, “No Labels: Chance the Rapper and Jimmy Butler.”


Chance left the interview commenting on the perceptions that come with being young, African American and male in his city.


“It comes with the good and the bad. But with that being said, I think there’s a lot more good that happens than bad. I just think it’s hard to relate to the people here if you can’t relate to them at all,” Chance said.


The rapper shared on his Facebook account that he was “Back in Chicago for the next couple months. I’ve got big plans for the city.”

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