Chance the Rapper: 'I'm not afraid of a Trump presidency'
Chance the Rapper is here to comfort Democrats about the upcoming Donald Trump presidency: In the latest issue of GQ, which features the Chicago M.C. on the cover, he talks about how he’s “not afraid of a Trump presidency” because “the good usually wins.”
“You gotta just understand, like, s— has been f—ed up, right? Like, ‘Make America Great Again,’ that’s not a real thing because s— ain’t really switched up for them,” Chance told GQ, referring to the president-elect’s campaign slogan. “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—-! Somebody gotta punch you in the chest, because s— is sweet for you.”
“I would say to everybody, you know, the world is coming together,” he continued. “Like there’s — every day people are becoming more and more, I’m not using this word in terms of emotion, but sensitive to real issues and … aware. People are raising their kids to be more and more knowledgeable and understanding. I would say the main reason not to be afraid is that I’m making music for your kids now. I’m coming so clean-cut with the message of hope and understanding, and the Word, that it’s like: What could you be fearful of?”
This mentality is a departure from the message in “Jingle Barack,” a pre-taped Saturday Night Live sketch Chance featured in when he was the show’s musical guest this past December. The clip, a parody of Run-D.M.C.’s “Christmas in Hollis,” centered around its stars saluting President Barack Obama on his last Christmas in office — and preparing for the potential negative consequences of a Trump presidency.
“This year I bought four Christmas trees, stockpiled all the Home Alone DVDs,” Chance rapped. “I got batteries, canned food, everything I need, there will probably never be another Christmas Eve.”
Chance has been an outspoken supporter of Obama, and recently performed at the White House’s National Christmas Tree Lighting. The feeling’s mutual: Obama just hosted Chance at his final White House party, and included 2013 track “Acid Rain” on his summer playlist.
Read more from Chance’s GQ profile, which also includes the rapper talking about the “craziest s—” Kanye West says in public, here.