It’s rare rappers self-proclaim themselves as “Christian Rappers” – the same category as Lecrae, Andy Mineo and Trip Lee. So when one of the biggest names in Hip-Hop takes a chance to express his ideologies, controversy is sure to arise.
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Everybody’s somebody’s Chance the Rapper took to his song “Grown Ass Kid”, the song that didn’t get the opportunity to be on Coloring Book due to sample clearances, to tell his fans to address him as a Christian rapper (2:17 – 2:26).
“Now watch how I move, different chapters
Decisions, missions, visit pastors
Everybody finally can say it out loud, “my favorite rapper a Christian rapper”
It’s no surprise since the gospel sounding mixtape focuses on Chance’s growth in faith since 2013, but fans can recall a time when he was a lost sheep amongst the cattle. This new chapter in Chance’s life can be referred back to his Acid Rap song “Everybody’s Somebody”, where the Chicago native felt unsure about his faith (0:39 – 0:52).
“What’s good, good? And what’s good, evil?
And what’s good, gangstas? And what’s good, people?
And whys God’s phone die every time that I call on Him?
If his son had a Twitter wonder if I would follow him”
So what exactly has changed about the grown ass Chicago kid since then? A baby girl and drought of acid to be exact. A closer relationship with God, from what Coloring Book indicates, and his baby girl probably gave Chance enough charisma to self label himself as a Christian rapper.
However, artists like Andy Mineo mentioned before that “Christian Rap” comes with a negative stigma that hinders people from fully accepting an epitomical rap skill set.
Unfortunately enough, this stigma deems true for some.
If I was a Christian Chance The Rapper would be my favorite rapper ever.
— Travon Free (@Travon) May 18, 2016
On the other side of the fence, others embrace the fact that Chance is open about his faith.
Love that @chancetherapper is a Christian rapper now, what a blessing for such a talented person to shine light on the lord
— Chessie (@always_cheezin) May 16, 2016
we thank God for chance the rapper new album, my aunt is even feeling it. she thinks he is a christian musician 😂😂😂
— Alhaji Abdulgafar (@waves_98) May 14, 2016
Chance the Rapper is out here making Christian rap cool and I’m surprisingly ok with that
— The’Challa (@Theezy) May 13, 2016
At the end of the day good music is good music. There’s no use in determining quality music based on faith; doing so is similar to deducing that quality music is defined by skin color. For Chance’s fans, just remember that your favorite rapper is Christian, and if he’s your favorite Christian rapper, like his music because of his message, not what he defines himself as.