Chance the Rapper and Jordan Peele Talk Kanye, Get Out, Chappelle for Teen Vogue

In a new cover story for Teen Vogue, Chance the Rapper is interviewed by Jordan Peele, director of Get Out and one-half of comedy duo Key and Peele. During the conversation, the two discuss a wide variety of subjects, from Chance’s love of Get Out (he rented out an entire theater in Chicago for a free screening for the public) to the current political landscape and police brutality. Chance also discusses his foray into acting, his relationship with the term “Christian rap,” his admiration of Dave Chappelle, and his work with Kanye West. “Finding your voice in a room where you have to challenge Kanye is scary—but it’s also life-affirming,” he says. Read the full interview here

On working with Kanye West:

He’s very big on multitasking. We’ll have a studio rented out, and he’ll bounce between rooms working on different songs, writing for a second or adding or subtracting productions. He’ll also put a bunch of people in a room that he thinks might have good ideas and try to see what they come up with. I remember one night we had a lady who produced the Lego film, a bunch of coding people, and a magician all in a room together trying to figure out how they could make him disappear onstage. I don’t know if he ever figured that sh*t out! 

On relating to Get Out:

I felt that helplessness. I’ve been in those uncomfortable situations around the police. Or being around a family of white people and experiencing those certain cultural cues. I love that Rose tells Chris ahead of time, “You know, my dad’s gonna tell you that he voted for Obama.” That’s some sh*t we hear! Dudes aren’t really getting killed going to visit their white girlfriend’s family for the first time, but everything around it is a reality. This movie puts it on everyone’s plate and makes everybody deal with it—and, at the same time, find themselves in it. I loved it.

On learning from Dave Chappelle:

My three role models growing up were the three most confident, powerful, important, contemporary male black figures: Kanye West, Barack Obama, and Dave Chappelle. When I was a kid, my dad made me watch Dave Chappelle’s Inside the Actors Studio, where he explained what he wanted to stand for. I would largely attribute my identity—as it relates to music labels and corporate music giants—to Dave Chappelle and his relationship to and firm standing in Hollywood.



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