From nabbing seven 2017 Grammy nominations (of which he won three) to accepting the Humanitarian award at the 2017 BET Awards, Chance the Rapper has turned the music industry on its head, all while carving out a truly unique path to success. On Wednesday morning (Aug. 9), Chance made an appearance on the NPR podcast What's Good with Stretch & Bobbito, where he discussed everything from politics to stereotypes in hip-hop.
Towards the beginning of the conversation, Chance touched on how Kanye West's transparency helped him to embrace his image.
"The fact that it's able to be a main stage or mainstream image and accepted and celebrated is because of folks like Kanye who came in the game and was like, 'This is who I am, and these are the type of things that I love, and I'm excited about them, and I don't necessarily have to carry myself as anybody that I'm not," he told the duo about Ye's role in pushing rap into the mainstream. "I'm lucky to be in a space where I've been accepted for who I am and celebrated for who I am."