Chance the Rapper: 'Colorism and Racism Don't Stop When You're a Musician'

Chance the Rapper tells Billboard he'd love to "change the entire world's value of black American ingenuity and opinion"

Photo: Austin Hargrave exclusively for Billboard Magazine

Chance the Rapper has earned raves from the likes of Kanye West and has even sung for Beyoncé, but the music star says he still faces challenges in the music industry as a black man.

“Colorism and racism don’t stop when you’re a musician or when you have wealth or when you’re in any given position,” the 23-year-old told Billboard as part of the magazine’s Grammys 2017 preview.

Chance, who hopes to be among the nominees for best new artist next year, says that people of color and women face “pretty much the same ­challenges that they face throughout the rest of the world in terms of being overlooked, under-appreciated and held back from a lot of stuff” when it comes to music’s biggest night.

Still, the rap star hopes that his success will afford him a chance to make a difference. When asked what the one issue in society he would use his platform to affect, Chance said, “I’d change the entire world’s value of black American ingenuity and opinion.”

For now, he’s backing someone he thinks can make a difference: Hillary Clinton.

The rapper says he’s voting for the former Secretary of State in the upcoming election.

“Not to sound selfish, but she’s from Chicago so I would hope that she’d be engaged in our city’s current troubles and needs,” he explained. “She has a certain sincerity that’s hidden by the media. I’m not sure if it’s because she’s a woman or because Donald Trump just has a stronghold on the media at this time, but she’s unfairly treated.”

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He added, “I can’t really speak on her policies but I feel a certain connection to Hillary Clinton that’s just not there with Donald Trump.”

Austin Hargrave exclusively for Billboard Magazine

Coloring Book, Chance’s May 2016 mixtape, has already gotten awards momentum, nabbing best new hip hop artist and best mixtape at this week’s BET Hip Hop Awards.

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