Chance the Rapper‘s The Big Day arrived last Friday (July 26). Prior to the debut album’s arrival, Chano sat down with Zane Lowe of Beats 1 in his Chicago home studio while putting the finishing touches on the effort. In the interview, uploaded on Friday (Aug. 2), the pair discussed Chance’s wedding, his faith, “fellowship” with Kanye West, plans to move to Atlanta, and more.
“Faith is what let me married. Faith is what got me to being able to make an album. I’m only 26, but a lot of crazy shit has happened in my life,” he said with a chuckle. Lowe then brought up his bond with Kanye West. “Ye’s number one thing is that he tells me is he talks about being the light of the world. He talks about being someone that can openly be me. I can’t pinpoint the moment Ye had his meeting with God, but he does often reference me when he talks about it. I think fellowship is the most important thing,” Chance replied.
Chance also explained that the concept for his debut was to make the “best album of all time.” Lowe then asked about Chance’s pick for the best album he’s ever heard. “Before this album? To me, personally, I would say the best album of all-time is Acid Rap,” he declared.
On “On the Run,” Chance raps about moving his family to Atlanta; Lowe had him expand on why he feels the need to relocate from what he’s known in the Chi. “That was the first concept for the album. I live in a very specific space where there’s things expected of me and relationships I have to tend to all the time,” the 26-year-old said after hitting his Juul. “It’s very tough to up and move to Atlanta. I’m thinking about it, but it hasn’t happened yet. Peace is the best word in the world.”
Watch the full 30-minute interview below.