Chance The Rapper Talks Fatherhood, The Price of Fame, and Grammys

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In the last year, Chicago native Chance The Rapper has been deemed one of Hip-Hop’s top contenders. Continuing on his success as a mixtape artist, he’s been nominated and won several Grammys due to the success of the critically acclaimed mixtape Coloring Book. Dedicated to the well-being of Chicago,  Chance has been seen crusading for the children of his hometown and the structure of their education system. He openly discussed his walk with God and has tugged at hearts with his constant appreciation for the mother of his daughter.

In the new series entitled The Complex Covers, 23-year-old Chance sits with Noah Callahan-Bever to discuss what it means to be the best father, losing friends due to success, and being a Grammy winner.

On being the world’s best dad:

Well, I have the world’s best dad currently. Most of the stuff that he showed me has been his dedication, his time management, his commitment to being truthful. It’s all about what he’s instilled in me. So, I wanna have the type of relationship where I’m a trusted figure beyond a dad. I wanna be a good friend and a good example.

On his parents:

I’m in a position where I want to be closer to my parents. 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.

On the birth of his daughter:

It’s a strange process. It opened my eyes to understanding, like, the other side of death. I knew people that had kids; a lot of my friends had kids when they were young. But I had never experienced joy like that before.

On being a Grammy winner:

There was definitely that whole dust settling feel. When you win a Grammy, you don’t get to take it home.

On friendships:

But my real good friends kind of got filtered out in that in-between period between Acid Rap and Coloring Book. All my in-between friends got lost somewhere in between. So, now I’m in a good place—I hang out with who I want to see. I don’t really have a lot of people that are like, “Oh, you changed!” ‘Cause I’m still here.

Watch the full interview below.