Chance The Rapper talks new mixtape, fatherhood and supporting Obama for Mayor of Chicago

The Chicago rapper has given a joint interview with Hamilton musical star Lin-Manuel Miranda to Complex

Chance The Rapper has discussed politics, fatherhood and his upcoming third mixtape in a new interview.

Gracing the cover of Complex‘s June/July issue alongside musical star and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chance gave an insight into his much-anticipated new mixtape, provisionally titled ‘Chance 3’ by fans.

Referring to 2015’s ‘Surf’, the last major project he was involved in, Chance compared that record to his new release: “This stuff is way better than Surf. I’ll say that on record. Donnie [Trumpet, who ‘Surf’ is credited to] is awesome, and the project was awesome, but this is all of us focusing our efforts into some very hip-hop and very dance-y shit, and it feels good. So I’m excited about that.”


Chance also discussed his support for President Obama becoming the Mayor of Chicago after the latter exits the White House early next year. Explaining why he believed that Obama would be effective as the Mayor of the Illinois city, the 23-year-old said: “He makes a lot of great, nonpartisan decisions and he’s obviously spent a lot of time in Chicago on the South Side. This might sound weird, but when you meet Barack, when you talk to him, you can tell he’s a very good man, you know? I met him when I was really young, and I still have that same impression when I see him nowadays.”

“It would be awesome having a good man represent the city because I feel like we haven’t had that since Harold Washington,” he continued. “It would be awesome. There are a lot of people that need him in Chicago and the city, overall, needs it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the ‘Acid Rap’ artist shed a light on how fatherhood has changed his perspective on life. Referring to Miranda’s much-hyped Broadway play, Chance spoke about the impact that the musical’s song ‘Dear Theodosia’ had on him.

“That song is so dope to me because it’s obviously about fatherhood, but they’re speaking about building this brand-new nation and building a new world for their children and their children’s children. I like to think of my music the same way because a lot of my stuff is about my ideal world, and how I want things to function. I have a daughter who’s going to be raised in this world, and my music and my art are powerful tools in getting that to be formed the way I want it to. So I guess when we talk about legacy, I would do anything to make sure that my legacy lives on and is a healthy one, but I still look at it a little differently.”

With ‘Chance 3’ set for release tomorrow (13th May), a new song from the project emerged on Thursday evening (12th May) during Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Entitled ‘No Problem’, it features guest vocals from 2 Chainz and Lil’ Wayne, and is the second song from the project to be unveiled following last week’s live premiere of ‘Blessings’ on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Listen to ‘No Problem’ below: