Chance The Rapper Covers ‘GQ,’ Says “Make America Great Again” is Bullshit
"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"
Chance The Rapper has earnestly discussed the social, political and landscape of America both in interviews and in music since he broke onto the scene in 2013. To kick off the new year, Chance covers GQ, and once again speaks out against President-elect Donald Trump’s callous agenda as we draw ever so close to his inauguration.
“You gotta just understand, like, shit has been fucked-up, right?,” Chance tells GQ‘s Mark Anthony-Green. He then dives straight into making sense of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign refrain. “Like, ‘Make America Great Again,’ that’s not a real thing because shit 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*gga! Somebody gotta punch you in the chest, because shit is sweet for you. You know what I’m saying?”
In addition to his staunch views, Chance went in-depth about life as a father, which he’s been notably private about, even rapping, “My daughter look just like SIA / You can’t see her,” on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo album. Speaking to Green about the possibility of more kids, Chance says, “Not right now. It’s a lot to try and be a good dad right now.” He continues, “With all the distractions and all the things that I’m limited in doing by living in Chicago and being a person of notoriety. I don’t wanna tack on anything. I want to get my relationship with Kinsley down pat and also just get older. I’m 23. I had her when I was 22. If I am gonna have more kids, it’ll be a blessing and I’ll accept it as a responsibility and a privilege, but I’m definitely not trying to have more kids right now.”
Chance gracing GQ’s first cover of the year is no coincidence. The Chicago multi-talent had a monstrous 2016, including a unique Billboard 200 placement that influenced the changing of a Grammy criterion, a headlining world tour, multiple Saturday Night Live appearances and his first bonafide radio smash, “No Problems.” You can read his full cover story here.