With just over a week until Donald Trump takes office, many Americans are on edge. Some are worried about losing their healthcare, others the right to marry, and so on. Chance the Rapper — who was outspoken in his support of Hillary Clinton during her campaign — on the other hand, is cool as a cucumber.
The Chicago native recently opened up about his feelings on Trump having won the election in an interview for GQ. He shared with the publication that he’s “not afraid of a Trump presidency,” expressing the hopeful ideology that “the good” will win in the long term. Rather than focus on the negatives, Chance has chosen to err on the side of positivity.
In his interview he praised unsatisfied Americans for uniting after the election, noting an increase in the number of people taking the time to educate themselves on important issues and threats to their freedoms. In return, Chance promised to do his best to further ease the transition from President Barack Obama to Trump by releasing more music. The musician teased songs with the same powerful and uplifting messages like in his 2016 mixtape “Coloring Book.” Armed with the spirit of organizing and his positive crooning, Chance suggested there was nothing to fear.
“I would say to everybody, you know, the world is coming together,” he said. “Like there’s — everyday people are becoming more and more…sensitive to real issues and…aware. People are raising their kids to be more and more knowledgeable and understanding. I would say the main reason not to be afraid is that I’m making music for your kids now. I’m coming so clean-cut with the message of hope and understanding, and the Word, that it’s like: What could you be fearful of?”
Other artists — namely Kanye West — have taken a different approach to bracing for Trump’s presidency. Last month, the “Famous” rapper was seen entering Trump Towers to meet with the incoming president. It was not clear until after their meeting why West, 39, made the decision to sit down with Trump. In a series of tweets, the 19-time Grammy award winner explained that he went to Trump towers to “discuss multicultural issues.” He revealed that in their brief meeting they touched on the topics of “bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago.”
While West claimed his intentions were noble, some of his Hollywood peers were unconvinced. After the meeting John Legend said he found West’s decision to sit down with Trump — which he called “a publicity stunt” — “disappointing.” The “All of Me” singer said that regardless of why his fellow musician decided to do it, he did not agree.
“I think the things he’s promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing,” Legend said in an interview with Clique. “Whatever’s in his mind, I disagree with.”