Chance The Rapper Issues Apology for Defending Kanye Tweets After Trump Thanks Him
It's been a super eventful week in hip-hop, and Chance The Rapper is apologizing for his role in one of the more attention-grabbing headlines.
After Kanye West used his Twitter fingers to express his undying love for Donald Trump, causing a wave of swift backlash, his old friend and fellow Chicago native, Chance The Rapper spoke up for him, saying that he's in a "great space" and that black people don't have to be Democrats.
While Chance was probably just defending his friend and his supposed "free thinking" (see: Janelle Monáe for an eloquent breakdown on why that's BS), his timing and words could've been better thought out. Kanye West doesn't really need anyone to defend him, and Chance, who owes a good chunk of his career to none other than Barack Obama, caught flak for missing that important memo.
Now, however, Chano has apologized, after Trump—who also tweeted positively to Kanye West's backing— tweeted him a "thank you" too.
Clearly, Chance wasn't feeling it... at all. In a statement on Twitter, Chance wrote:
“Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about my city and my loved ones. Kanye West is not just a mentor or big homie to me. He’s my family,” he wrote. “No matter how much I may disagree with him, it’s hard for me to watch people talk about someone I love — even if they were justified in doing so. I didn’t speak up because I agree with what Kanye had to say or cause I f–k with trump, I did it because I wanted to help my friend and cause I felt like I was being used to attack him. Unfortunately, my attempt to support Kanye is being used to discredit my brothers and sisters in the movement and I can’t sit by and let that happen either.”
He went on to further explain: “My statement about black folk not having to be Democrats (though true) was a deflection from the real conversation and stemmed from a personal issue with the fact that Chicago has had generations of democratic officials with no investment or regard for black schools, neighborhoods or black lives. But again, said that s–t at the wrongest time."
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