Chance The Rapper is having the best year ever … and it looks like things are only going up from here. The in-demand rapper sat down with Complex Magazine for their “The Complex Cover” series and opened about his life post-Grammy win, his beautiful daughter, and his upcoming debut album. But as you can guess, the Chicago native had some pretty interesting things to say.
During his almost 30-minute interview, The Rapper was very transparent in how life has and has not changed since attaining major success. Oddly enough, even though he could probably live anywhere in the world, he’s considering moving back in with his mom and dad.
I’m in a unique position [with] a lot of the things you would think you would get past because of the “successes” that I’ve had. Like, I’m honestly, in real life, thinking about moving in with my parents right now. I think, anybody, if they were in my position—if they were 23 with a kid for the first time and were working—they would find comfort in being able to stay with their parents. If their parents are willing. I guess that’s just what it all comes down to; if they’re willing. I’m in a position where I want to be closer to my parents now, because I realize how important that is. There was never a point, ever, in my life where I can remember loving someone as much or more than I love my mom until I met my daughter. So, it made me understand that my mom loves me more than she loves anybody in the world, and that’s crazy to me. So of course I wanna be around her.
Kinsley, Chance’s daughter, was a major topic during the Complex chat. He talked about finding out he was going to be a father, being in the delivery room for the birth and even how Kinsley has playdates with Kanye West’s son, Saint.
‘Ye is a comedian in a lot of ways. He writes stuff that is painfully funny and painfully true. And that’s why you respect comedy and that’s why you respect his work. His best lines are lines that are just funny, whether it’s, like, a word being mispronounced, or a weird take on something that a lot of people wouldn’t necessarily say out loud—not making light of [it], but in a clever way exposing something that’s socially wrong, you know? We’ve had some very good conversations and some very good hangouts. I went over there a couple months ago—I was staying in Malibu for a little while, working on some new stuff, and he was out there, and we had like, a little play-date with Saint and Kinsley, and it was awesome. We kicked it, and we talked about everything going on in the world.
Below are a few other highlights from the in-depth talk.
On the song “No Problem,” you say, “If one more label tries to stop me.” What have labels done to try to stop you?
Push me out of headline positions, so that their artists could be a headliner or, like, not cleared songs. Certain songs didn’t get cleared; the samples that were good to go didn’t get cleared.
Do you feel like that has to do with spite for your independence?
Yeah. And I mean, it’s not like a big conspiracy theory. It’s just like, niggas wanted to make money off me and I said no. In a lot of positions where it’s either them getting the money or me, of course they’re gonna step in the way. Also, I’ve in the past told people they shouldn’t sign with certain people. And it’s not ’cause I want them to sign with somebody else. It’s just ’cause I met that person and they’re not good people. So, I tell them that, and when [labels] hear that back, they tell other people bad shit about me. The cool thing is the shit about me ain’t true, so I’m not worried, but it is like a little bit of a high school thing.
In the interview you did with DJ Semtex, you talked about how your next project is going to be your first album, and that everything that’s preceded it was a mixtape. What is the distinction that you make between those two things?
Opening the scope. I think I might actually sell this album. That’s, like, a big step in itself. I kind of hate the fact that I can’t chart, really. I can chart, but the way they have the streaming shit set up is weak as fuck. It’s unfair. 1,500 streams is the equivalent to one [album sale], and that’s just that’s unfair. Nobody listens to their songs [1,500] times when they buy it—fuck outta here! So, it makes it hard. I can’t really compete with other people. Not that the charts matters at all, but like, come on. Anyways, I think having it for purchase would be dope. Also, this is all hypothetical. There is no album. I can feel fans squirming in their chair, like, “Oh shit, he’s changing!” This is an idea.
Check out the full 30-minute interview below.