This week, Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper spoke to GQ Magazine about mentor Kanye West’s mental health and what he’s like to know personally; amongst other things. After West was hospitalized in November last year, Chance has spoken openly about mental health in hip hop and gave an impassioned tribute to his mentor during his BBC Radio 1 performance last month. The interview also touches on The Trump Presidency, the prospect of the rapper having more children and his signature head gear.
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Chance on Kanye:
“I don’t think I ever wanted to be like Kanye in personality, though. I think I definitely want to, have always wanted to, have his boldness or assurance in myself. But I’ve definitely seen Kanye do things where I was like, “I’d never do that.” I’ve always been able to defend Kanye. When everybody’s like, “Kanye’s a nut, Kanye’s a nut,” I’m one of those guys saying, “No, he’s saying some real s–t.” Like when he went onstage with Taylor, I was, like…well…Beyoncé kind of deserved that. [laughs] I’m rationalizing everything that he does, but I can’t say that in the same position I would do the same things. Being around Kanye, Kanye says crazier s–t in private than he does in public, which is hard to believe because he says the craziest things in public. He does have a filter. He’s not a liar or somebody that is going to sugarcoat things when he does speak. But Kanye’s said some crazy s–t to me where I respond, “No, I don’t feel you at all.” I always wanted to be more of a person that people enjoy. Somebody that will make you laugh. I’m talking about just my personality, not necessarily how my music sounds. Because I believe I’m a disrupter like Kanye in a lot of ways.”