Dazed & Confused has made their August issue cover story on Chance The Rapper available online for your perusal. In the piece, writer Phoebe Lovatt accompanies Chance to Venice Beach and later to The Temple, a mansion studio where the Chicago MC has been hanging out with Childish Gambino as he finishes up his new album. Throughout the interview, Chance touches on Freestyle Fellowship’s influence on his style, Rap as public speaking, the state of emergency his hometown currently finds itself under and much more.
Here he comments on his stylistically opposite peer Chief Keef:
In that spirit, he refuses to diss Chicago’s other young rap upstart, Chief Keef. There is a clear disparity between Chance’s soulful, sophisticated storytelling (“He could write about a doorknob and make it fascinating,” notes Skrillex) and 17-year-old Keef’s rudimentary drill music, which celebrates the gun culture that Chance condemns. Still, Chance insists that Keef’s nihilistic tales of hittas and “snitch niggas” – delivered over producer Young Chop’s menacing, trigger-happy beats – are just as valid as his own.
“Coming from my city, I can tell you he is not bullshitting about anything,” Chance insists. “He’s telling a story and he made a living off of it — a killing off of it — and I’m proud of him.” Chance rejects any comparison of their styles: “People want there to be two sides because they like the destruction of things, but we’re from the same place. Chief Keef is from Englewood, 69th and Normal. I’m from 79th and Princeton. We live 12 blocks from each other. It’s not like we’re coming from two different sides of the world at all. We’re just two different people.”
Read Chance The Rapper’s Acid Reign here.