Chance the Rapper Explains How Donald Glover Got Him a Role in 'The Lion King'

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(L-R) Lisa Bennett, Kirsten Corley, Chance The Rapper, and Kensli Bennett attend the World Premiere of Disney's "THE LION KING" at the Dolby Theatre on July 9, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif.

The Lion King had its worldwide premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and Chance the Rapper, along with his wife and daughter, were in attendance for the Disney live-action remake's silver-screen debut. Chano posted a series of photos recapping the night on Instagram, where he detailed his Lion King obsession and how Donald Glover actually got him involved with the blockbuster.

"So when my big bro Donald got casted as Simba, he did the coolest thing ever and told director Jon Favreau to call me in as a consultant to keep the original flavor," Chance explained. "So for about a year I would go to the LK studio and see early animations, scenes, music direction or assemblies and they’d always be out of this world amazing. One day I’m there Jon asked me to do some singing stuff, another day he asks me to do some lines. Its all a blur, but I’ll tell u its one of the best blurs of my whole life."

The 26-year-old adds a compelling credit to his IMDb page and had high praise for the film, which he declared "amazing." With Chance's heavily anticipated album also on tap for July, could he possibly be planning to unleash his project on the same day that The Lion King hits theaters later this month on July 19?

Check out Chance's night at the premiere with his family below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here’s a short story. I grew up my whole life obsessed with all things related to #TheLionKing; like all three films, the Timon and Pumbaa tv show, the broadway play and especially the broadway soundtrack. Needless to say the original film was immensely impactful on my music and overall life. So when my big bro Donald got casted as Simba, he did the coolest thing ever and told director Jon Favreau to call me in as a consultant to keep the original flavor. So for about a year I would go to the LK studio and see early animations, scenes, music direction or assemblies and they’d always be out of this world amazing. One day I’m there Jon asked me to do some singing stuff, another day he asks me to do some lines. Its all a blur, but I’ll tell u its one of the best blurs of my whole life. I am so blessed to know people like Donald and Jon man. AMAZING FILM, AMAZING CAST AND AN AMAZING NIGGHT LAST NIGHT. GOD BLESS AND LONG LIVE THE KING

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