Chance the Rapper Calls Himself Kanye's 'Biggest' Fan

Ramona Rosales
Chance The Rapper​ photographed on July 20, 2016 at The F Stop Studio in Chicago. 

Kanye West has a dedicated superfan in fellow Chicago native Chance the Rapper. “I’m literally Kanye’s biggest fan,” the rising hip-hop act boasts in this week’s Billboard cover story.

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Chance wrote parts of five songs on West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, observing how his idol rented out an entire studio and acted as ringmaster, simultaneously directing different rooms populated by writers, engineers, producers, seamstresses, even magicians.

“I watched him knock out six, seven songs that way,” says Chance. “I stole that.”

To finish his new album Coloring Book, Chance rented out the Chicago studio and with his team slept there overnight on inflatable mattresses. The hard work paid off. Coloring Book not only became the first streaming-only album to chart on the Billboard 200, it opened in the top 10 and prompted the Grammy Awards to rewrite their rules to make streaming-only albums and songs eligible for awards.

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In addition to working on The Life of Pablo, Chance also received national TV exposure by appearing alongside West on Saturday Night Live earlier this year to deliver a guest verse on “Ultralight Beam.” It was hailed as a poetic knockout. (The verse went, in part, “You can feel the lyrics, the spirit coming in Braille/Tubman of the underground, come and follow the trail.”)

Read the full Chance the Rapper cover story here.