For the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s Entertainment issue, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper and Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler share the spotlight and speak on their flourishing friendship, being Chicago’s hometown heroes and feeling the pressure of restoring prominence to a city often overshadowed by its violence.
“I came to Magnificent Coloring Day [Chance’s music festival held in Chicago last September] with Lil Wayne, and that was the first time I had bumped into [Chance] and talked to him,” recalls Butler. “I followed his career and his music, and I love what he was doin’ for the city of Chicago.”
Chance also touched on on the correlation of basketball and hip-hop and why the two share a commonality. “To me, I feel like basketball and hip-hop have always been kinda conjoined because they’re very similar in their competitive nature, you know what I’m sayin’? It’s about technical skill, and then there’s just God-given talent.”
Last month, president Donald Trump vowed to send federal agents to Chicago to seize the ongoing violence plaguing the city. Chance candidly addressed the matter and explained why he wishes the public would stop viewing Chicago as “a Third World country.”
“I hope he’s coming in to do some type of federal overturn of our state and city budgets in terms of schooling and housing,” says Chance. “I’m tired of n—-s talkin’ about Chicago like it’s a Third World country. Like, that it’s not a place of booming business with a very successful downtown and all types of new development. It sounds like he was announcin’ he was going to war with Chicago. I don’t like to look at shit through that lens.”
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