Chance’s GQ Cover Dives Into Love Poems, Frozen Yogurt, and Death


Photo from GQ Magazine, Shot by Eric Ray Davidson

Chance The Rapper delves into an onslaught of (ostensibly) arbitrary, thought provoking questions with Mark Anthony Green of GQ Magazine. The cover is all that a cover should be- establishing a new foundation of ideas and opinions of the selected artist, and diving into their raw mind in a way that a Google search cannot accomplish.

Given the political climate, and Chance’s affinity for being vocal about it, it’s no shock that he was asked questions about our President-elect, and politics as an entity. When asked about his absence of fear concerning a Trump presidency, he said:

“You gotta just understand, like, s**t has been f**ked-up, right? Like, “Make America Great Again,” that’s not a real thing because s**t ain’t really switched up for them. It’s not really going that bad for you. If you feel like you’re the under-represented, under-appreciated side of Middle America that is white—quote me—you need to, uh, toughen up, n**ga!”


Perception also seems to be a constant peripheral factor in Chance’s (and really anybody’s) image, and he briefly mentions his distaste for the “rapper” stereotype in growing up- there’s a stigma tied tightly around the word “rapper” and the phrase “I want to be a rapper.”

I remember they asked me [What do you want to be when you grow up], and I said a rapper. And my dad laughed it off, like, “No, he doesn’t…” You know?

And I remember that shit used to bother the f**k out of me, because I thought Kanye West was the smartest man in the world. The best poet in the world. The freshest-dressed in the world. That’s what a rapper was to me, and I wanted everybody to feel that way about the word “rapper.”It’s a stigma where it’s like, “Damn, I heard Chance the Rapper. I didn’t think he was going to sound like that.” I hate that when you introduce yourself, and you’re a rapper, sometimes you gotta say, “I’m a musician.” Or, “I’m an artist.” “I’m a recording artist.” “I’m a vocalist.”

“Rapper” and “Black” are synonymous for Chance, and he justifies the statement with “I’m a rapper! You should be able to say that shit and, like, make someone scared in a good way. Like, “Oh s**t, you might know the president!” It should feel that way.”

Amongst the aforementioned dialogues, Chance delves into his thoughts on death, his signature hat, frozen yogurt, his spending habits, and plenty more over the course of the very extensive cover which you can read in its entirety here.

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