Among the topics discussed during Chance’s lecture at the Cambridge, Massachusetts college were Jay Z’s newly-launched Tidal streaming service, the current events happening in Baltimore, Maryland, and misogyny in Hip Hop.
In regards to Tidal, the rapper credited the service for having potential, but later stated that “streaming services are whack as fuck.”
“So the Tidal formula is awesome if it actually works out,” Chance The Rapper said. “It’s a direct fan-to-artist or fan-to-supplier type of connection, but it’s not really working that way yet. Everybody that was on the stage was like signed to a label and shit. At the end of the day, all these streaming services are whack as fuck.”
Chance later shared his thoughts on the recent events in Baltimore, which resulted following the death of Freddie Gray.
“I think it’s really most important for everybody to be informed, to be connected to the situation,” he said. “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.”
Despite performing at a handful of shows, which featured fellow Chicago lyricist Kanye West, Chance revealed that he didn’t have the opportunity to meet the rapper until he was introduced to him by Jaden Smith. He then spoke on how much respect he has for Kanye as an artist.
“Every time he speaks, it’s all on purpose,” Chance said. “I’m very selective about words when I’m writing music, but when I’m just talking, I might say some outlandish shit. Everything he says is on purpose and very calculated, and he feels exactly how he feels. I played like seven shows with him last year but didn’t meet him at any of the shows. That shit gets locked down after the show because he’s married to the president or something. This one time, Jaden Smith hooked me up and introduced me to Kanye…I just respect the fuck out of him, and I respect him much more after sitting with him in a room with no one watching and no cameras on and him being like, ‘I care this much about how the world works and how your shit goes and I’m going to give you a full blown lecture, really loud, about how this shit works.’ And I was like ‘yeah, for sure.'”
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