Chance the Rapper Talks Systemic Racism, Barack Obama Friendship, Working With Kanye West + More

blame it on JES7 June 3, 2017

Blink and you might have missed it, but Chance the Rapper recently touched down in New York City a couple of days ago, as he wrapped up his two Be Encouraged tour dates as well as his appearance at this year’s Governors Ball in the Rotten Apple.

During his brief stay in the city, Chance made his way up to the Hot 97 Studios to chop it up with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg. Barely two minutes into the interview, Chance was jokingly confronted by Ebro about the “controversial” remarks he made, calling LeBron James the “greatest ever” while on The View, before diving into the heart of the issue and the racist attacks levied against LeBron.

Elsewhere, Chance discusses his friendship with President Obama, comparing it to a mentorship “When I see him, he gives me accolades and tells me I’m doing good. And then, you know, makes a weird Dad joke.”

After taking a few phone calls from fans, Chance shares his thoughts on Lil Yachty (he’s a fan), choosing to eat healthy, and praising Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN while calling him and Drake undisputed O.G.s of Hip-Hop. “I look up to them and respect them a lot. And learn from both of them, up close and afar.”

When the subject switches to Kanye West (around the 34:25 mark), Chance inadvertently confirms that he (Kanye) is indeed recording a new album somewhere in the middle of the Wyoming wilderness, revealing that West flew him out for a few days.

During the recording of Coloring Book, Chance explained “On the second day, I brought through the Social Experiment. Peter, Nico, Nate — and I brought Francis with me, who he had never met. Now they work really closely together on a lot of stuff, and I think he’s heavy on the next album.”