In a recent interview with The Undefeated that’s featured in ESPN the Magazine’s Entertainment Issue, Chance the Rapper took issue with Donald Trump‘s January tweet about “[sending] in the Feds” to fix the gun violence problem in the musician’s hometown of Chicago. “It sounds like he’s announcing he’s gonna go to war with Chicago,” he said. “I can only expect he means that he’s gonna, from a federal level, help out with the teachers’ strike and the union issues. I don’t like to think he said what he meant or he meant what he said.”
The rapper – whose father, Ken Bennett, serves as deputy chief of staff to the Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel – added that he’s tired of people discussing the city “like it’s a third world country” instead of “a place of booming business with a very successful downtown and all types of new development.”
The Undefeated feature pairs Chance the Rapper with Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler, who has played with the franchise since being drafted in 2011. The three-time NBA All-Star asked the president to empathize with the residents of Southside Chicago. “Instead of coming in here, trying to do it your way, why don’t you feel for them?” he asked. “Why don’t you help? You go down there and live the life they have to life. You be one of them. You step in their shoes for a little bit and you’ll see it’s much harder than you say it is.”
Chance enjoyed a busy Grammy night on Sunday, winning three awards (Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for “No Problem and Best Rap Album for Coloring Book) and performing with gospel stars Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann.
The rapper recently announced an expansive North American spring tour, which kicks off April 24th in San Diego.