In a pre-recorded clip before the live interview and performance, the 23-year-old discussed the importance of his relationship with God in his music, which he believes gives him freedom.
“I think there’s a lot of taboos in hip-hop that people try and stay away from,” the Chi-town MC said. “I think a big one is: people are afraid to speak about God to a certain extent and I think if you’re not free to speak about God then you’re not free.”
The freedom that this musician feels certainly translates over to success. Chance’s universally-acclaimed mixtape Coloring Book became the first streaming-only body of music to chart on the Billboard 200, a feat which may have prompted the Recording Academy to consider streaming-only artists for Grammy award consideration soon after its release.
Check out his Monday morning performance of “Summer Friends,” accompanied by Peter Cottontale and Francis Starlite.