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Chance the Rapper: 'Obama gave me career advice'

Published 24/08/2016

Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper counts President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia as fans of his mixtape, Coloring Book.

U.S. President Barack Obama cornered Chance the Rapper for a career chat during a recent White House event.

Chance, real name Chancelor Bennett, joined the likes of Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled and Alicia Keys at the presidential home in April (16) to talk about criminal justice reform and the My Brother's Keeper initiative, a mentorship and support programme designed to help young men of colour.

Obama proved he was also a fan of the 23-year-old's music when he included the artist on his summer playlist, and the rapper reveals the President's oldest daughter, 18-year-old Malia, is also an admirer, especially of his third mixtape, Coloring Book, which has been available to stream for free online since its release earlier this year (16).

"I think they were both (Malia and sister Sasha, 15) in school the day that I went up there recently, but Barack was talking about it. Or, uh, President Obama was talking about it (Coloring Book)," Chance told America's GQ magazine.

"He didn't say it publicly. (After the My Brother's Keeper meeting) everybody takes a group photo, and he's signing stuff. And he keeps pushing me to the back, and I'm like, 'I don't understand why he won't sign my s**t.' And he makes me wait 'til 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 told me I needed to start selling my music."

Chance is equally as fond of the President as he is of the rapper, and the MC claims he would still be a fan even if the 55-year-old politician was a waiter.

"He's a good man. Even if he wasn't president, if his a** worked at, like, Red Lobster (U.S. chain restaurant), he'd be just a good man working at Red Lobster," he praised.

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