Last Thursday (April 30), Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive & Research Institute had Chance The Rapper as a guest lecturer. The Chicago rapper sat down for a Q&A with students and took questions on Kanye West, the unrest in Baltimore, streaming music in the wake of Tidal & other services battling one another, violence and misogyny in hip-hop and more.
He admitted that “Everyday Wonderful,” the track he did with The Social Experiment where they flip the theme song to the children’s TV show Arthur was the song he’s most proud of and that he feels streaming services are “wack as fuck,” though, he’s a big fan of Soundcloud. He also wants people to be informed and tuned in to what’s actually happening in response to Baltimore.
Chance also stated that his main life goal, aside from making the music that he wants to make is to grow old in Chicago with his friends. And make seldom trips to Harvard for guest lectures. “I thought you guys were troubled kids and shit and I was coming to talk to you about getting your lives together!”
On uprising in Baltimore:
“I think it’s really most important for everybody to be informed, to be connected to the situation. I always say like there’s an act—when to be a hand or to be a voice. You gotta know when your Twitter is stronger or your body actually marches. Sometimes it’s either/or, you know? But I don’t want to dance around saying this shit is wrong. I think we all know that. It’s very hard to watch it happening on a loop.”
On misogyny in hip-hop:
I’ve been working on lot music since I dropped Acid Rap two years ago. I wrote this whole verse, a very disrespectful verse for [J.] Cole’s use or for my use. A little less than a week later I was at my friend Peter’s house working on another record, and this record is called “Goofy.” The hook is this bitch a goofy over and over and over. It’s super, it’s terrible, but it’s a very catchy song. A few days after I wrote that record and recorded a scratch for it, I recorded another song called “Regular” for the Surf project. I don’t know where this came from, where this angst was coming from, where this disassociation with women or with black women specifically—because that’s my closer relationship to women—was coming from, but in a short period of time I was writing a lot of records that just seem to have just a lot of ill will. I premiered one of the records on the radio and it wasn’t until I heard that record played back after somebody ripped it that I realized I couldn’t associate with it. I listened back to these other two records and I couldn’t really associate with either of them. I just had this just short but important moment of reflection. I felt really responsible so I dug this deep hole and I threw “This Bitch Is Goofy” in there. “Regulars” is still going to be on Surf. That one’s just too good. That’s my roundabout answer to why I still use the word ‘bitch.'”
(Read more at The Fader)