President Obama Wants Chance The Rapper to Start Selling His Music
Chance The Rapper is featured in the latest issue of GQ, talking all things Coloring Book and his stellar year thus far. At one point in the interview, Chance is asked if he knows whether or not his album has made its way to the White House, and he responds with an emphatic yes.
"Malia listens to Coloring Book," he says. "And I send them stuff sometimes. I haven't seen Malia since I was a kid. I think they were both in school the day that I went up there recently, but Barack was talking about it. Or, uh, President Obama was talking about it."
That familiarity with the President stems from an April visit in which Chance and others visited the White House to discuss the My Brother's Keeper initiative and criminal justice reform. "At the end, everybody takes a group photo, and he's signing stuff. And he keeps pushing me to the back, and I'm like, ‘I don't understand why he won't sign my shit,’" Chance says. "And he makes me wait till the end, and then he brings me up to his office, and we had a really good conversation about what I was working on. He told me I needed to start selling my music. He's a good man. Even if he wasn't president, if his ass worked at, like, Red Lobster, he'd be just a good man working at Red Lobster."
Chance as well speaks on the North Hollywood mansion he stayed in following the release of Acid Rap and how it home to plenty of drug use and celebrity sightings. “I was on a date one time at the crib, and we're sitting in the front room, maybe rolling up some weed or something,” he says, noting that Frank Ocean was downstairs at the time. “And then Frank just comes up and starts playing the piano and lightly singing in the background of our date. Obviously, that scored me a lot of points with this female.”
The full feature is available to read over at GQ.
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