Despite giving us Obama-chic and serving up a healthy helping suit and tie sexiness on the cover of Ebony magazine’s June issue, Chance The Rapper says when it comes to the politics of the Oval office, he’s “just not into it”.
The rapper who changed the game with his critically acclaimed release Coloring Book has been very vocal about making sure his hometown of Chicago gets the greatness it deserves. Earlier this year the artist and activist donated $1 million to Chicago public schools to support arts and after-school programming. But despite his efforts to change the world, he’s clear that Capitol Hill is not the place for him to do that:
“I would never run for any office or government position, I’m not into it. I think politics is a reason why a lot of stuff doesn’t get done. There’s a lot of favors, and a lot of people are held back by their intentions of being re-elected or the things that they owe their party or constituents. I think when you’re in my position as an artist, I can say what I want and talk about the issues that matter.”
Sorry folks, looks like were limited to former president Barack Obama for now when it comes to Chicago granting us a commander-in-chief, but Chance says that doesn’t mean he won’t keep trying to do good in the world his own way with a little “extra” help from the man upstairs:
“This is God’s year. You know, every year is God’s year, but this is a moment of awakening for a lot of people. I’ve just seen a lot of stuff in my own life that has pushed me toward being closer to God and closer to my faith, and it has materialized into success.”
“I believe God has had his hands on me and put things in place to make sure what got done is done.”
“God and my dad gave me the gift of gab. I know how to finagle.”
The rapper offers some words of advice to his fans as well when I comes to balancing the up’s and down’s of success and following your faith. He speaks of his time living in L.A.:
“There are a lot of spaces where you feel like God isn’t around.”
“I got some vibes. You have to listen and be aware of your discernment, and if somebody tells you to leave? Then get the f**k out of there. You’ll feel it … . You have to just listen to God.”
You can read more of Chance’s thoughts on faith, family and politics here.