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Chance the Rapper Talks Fatherhood, Grammy Night & Origin of His '3' Hat With Katie Couric: Watch
Chance the Rapper will always have love for his hometown. In a new interview with Katie Couric, the MC dives deep into his Chicago roots at the city's legendary restaurant Harold's Chicken Shack. There, he discusses the origin of his "3" hat, fatherhood, his three Grammys and more.
Earlier this month, Chance punctuated his monstrous run in 2016 by securing three Grammys, including one for best rap performance for "No Problem." For the "All Night" star, he's still in awe of his heartfelt performance alongside Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann on Grammy night. "There's nothing like it. All of that time up until the Grammys was the craziest time of my life. You spend weeks and weeks working on a performance and once it happens, it just kind of bookends it. I just can't wait for the next preparation," he says.
In the interview, Chance also ruminates about how he first created his renowned "3" Chance the Rapper hat. According to him, after a deal with the Chicago White Sox went sour, he opted to create his own design.
"I have a band called Social Experiment, and our short form of it is spelled SoX. So, I went to the [Chicago] White Sox and said, 'Yo. I want to do a deal with you guys where I'll wear this hat and I become the official spokesman of the White Sox.' They said no. So then, I came back the next year and they were like, 'No, but you can do some commercials for us.' I wore a Sox hat everywhere. When I was making my cover for Coloring Book, I had a Sox hat on, and I was like, 'Man, these Sox dudes never finished that deal for me.' [I] take off the Sox hat and then I was like, 'Oh. This is my third project.' I had them put a 3 on it. Then, I had them alter the 3 a little bit."
Then, he delves into why the number three has a special place in his heart. "You know, the three-prong family of me, my daughter and her mother is something that permeated throughout the music," he tells Couric. "And then, none of this would be possible without the Holy Trinity. Now, I'm a three-time Grammy winner -- until next year."
Later, Chance candidly explains how the birth of his 1-year-old daughter Kensil helped him become more grateful in life.
"It's the best thing that's ever happened to me, and it made me more grateful," he says. He adds: "I'm more respectful, specifically in my time. I can't spend too long writing a verse for somebody or even a verse for myself. I think every line is more meaningful now and more impactful and written faster."
Watch his entire interview with Couric below: