In a recent interview with Teen Vogue for their cover story, Chance the Rapper clarified that his music is not Christian rap but said he does consider himself a Christian rapper.
During his conversation for the cover story, the mainstream emcee spoke with “Get Out” Director Jordan Peele and the two covered everything from his creative processes to his relationship with Kanye West, and his disdain for labels.
“One of my biggest fears with Coloring Book was that it would be labeled. I hate labels, I never sought out for people to recognize it as a gospel album. I don’t make Christian rap, but I am a Christian rapper,” Chance said.
“When I was going out and trying to fully give glory to God, in my setting, I feared that people would be dismissive of it, like, ‘This is Christian rap, I’m not trying to hear it.’ But it’s the total opposite: People were very accepting of it. Whether they say, ‘I’m an atheist, but I love Coloring Book’ or they say, ‘I’m so glad I was able to get closer to God through this project,’ people had formed opinions about what I put into the world. I think that’s always the goal of art, is to make people ask themselves questions. Like ‘Get Out’!” he added.
The Grammy Award-winning mixtape, Coloring Book, was Chance’s third album and went on to be a colossal success.
“When I was working on Coloring Book, I knew that I wanted it to be a beacon for independent artists and music makers with their own agenda. I didn’t know exactly how large the impact would be. But [because of] the light and the purity of the album — what I was trying to show people — I realized there was a lot of work that would go hand in hand with it. That’s what kind of led me to become more involved in the schools and in my church. It’s cool to say things, but if you can do it, [that] makes it real,” he maintained.