Chance The Rapper can do no wrong and there are no limits to the heights he can climb. Don’t think so? Who’s the last rapper who can say their latest album was getting steady rotation at the White House like Chance’s Coloring Book?
The impressive nugget of info was one of many Chance shared in his interview recently published in the September issue of GQ. As he explained it, the news came directly from President Obama himself. “They’re [the White House] bumping Coloring Book hard up there,” he said. “If you go up there, you’ll probably hear Coloring Book. This is not a joke at all…Barack was talking about it. Or, uh, President Obama was talking about it.”
He goes on to explain that the admission wasn’t something the president shared publicly, but something he told Chance in a private setting. Back in April, POTUS invited a group of artists to D.C. to take part in My Brother’s Keeper, a criminal justice reform initiative. After the meeting broke, Obama pulled Chance aside to talk music. “And at the end, everybody takes a group photo, and he’s [Obama] signing stuff…. ,” Chance said. “And he makes me wait till the end, and then he brings me up to his office, and we had a really good conversation about what I was working on. ”
He adds that he knows exactly who control the aux cord in the White House, too: Malia, the oldest of the two Obama children. “Malia listens to Coloring Book,” Chance said. “And I send them stuff sometimes. I haven’t seen Malia since I was a kid.”
The President’s shown that Kendrick Lamar’s one of his personal favorites and The First Lady’s given Wale a lot of shine during the family’s time in office. But, it sounds like the kids are bigger fans of the younger crop of artists, like Chance and Joey BadA$$.
Chance also mentioned that President Obama gave him another opinion about how to handle his business. “He told my I needed to start selling my music.”