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Chance The Rapper Talks Racism, Chicago Gun Violence, Music Career On ‘The View’ (VIDEO)

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Chance The Rapper View Interview

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Chance The Rapper View Interview

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Chance the Rapper appeared on Thursday’s “The View,” during which he discussed racism in America, increasing gun violence in his hometown of Chicago, his music career and much more. Watch the full interview in the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, the co-hosts of “The View” reacted to LeBron James’ home being vandalized with racist graffiti during a “Hot Topics” segment earlier in the show. When Chance the Rapper was asked about the incident, he responded, “It’s kind of a common pattern in America’s history when people that look like me get to a certain point of success.” He added, “People want to remind you that they view you as a second class citizen. There’s not much you can do other than keep thriving.”

The rapper has singlehandedly launched a successful career without ever signing on to a record label, and he noted of the decision to manage himself, “I think it’s important to let people know that even a person in my position – a young black kid from Chicago – you can make your own decisions and decide your own path.”

Chance the Rapper was next asked about the steady increase in gun violence in Chicago, where he was born and raised. “It’s a result of a lot of things,” the musician said. “We’ve had an underfunded public school system for a long time. We have over-policed neighborhoods and terrible relationships between the community and officers.” The rapper went on to note that Chicago is the “most segregated city in the world geographically” and many of its citizens feel “unappreciated and underserved.”

Joy Behar then reminded the rapper that President Donald Trump promised during his campaign that he’d be able to solve Chicago’s gun violence problem, to which he responded, “I don’t know what his relationship with Chicago is. I don’t know if he knows what he’s talking about.” For his part, Chance the Rapper has donated $1 million to Chicago public schools.

The artist also spoke about his father working for the Obama administration and revealed he has a close relationship with the former first family, but admitted to having no political ambitions of his own. “I could never [run for office],” Chance the Rapper said. He further explained that he’d rather promote social activism through his music because “politics is the reason why a lot of stuff doesn’t get done. There’s a lot of limitations. I think people become a little bit stagnant and silenced when they get into office.”

Also during the interview, Chance the Rapper discussed the musicians who inspire him, including Kanye West and Justin Bieber, as well as his desired to collaborate with “the greatest living artist” Stevie Wonder. Watch the full segment in the video below.

 


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