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Chance The Rapper Apologizes for Defending Kanye West

Chance The Rapper Apologizes for Defending Kanye West

Despite a host of prominent artists unfollowing Kanye West on Twitter as a result of his controversial statements on April 25, there were a few creatives who remained in West’s corner, including fellow Chicago native Chance the Rapper. However, Chance’s tweets sparked a firestorm of their own, prompting an involved response.

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Black people don’t have to be democrats.

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018

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Next President gon be independent

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018

In a lengthy written note posted to his Twitter, Chance noted that “Kanye West is not just a mentor or big homie to me. He’s my family,” and expresses displeasure over “[his] attempt to support Kanye … being used to discredit my brothers and sisters in the movement.” Chance continues by affirming that he’d “never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism and discrimination,” and explaining that his “statement about black folk not having to be democrats (though true) was a deflection from the real conversation,” reiterating that for “generations,” Chicago’s elected Democrats showed “no investment of regard for black schools, neighborhood [sic] or black lives.” At the end of the statement, Chance calls West his “brother-in-Christ,” describing his responsibility to “pick up the phone and talk to [West] about it.”

Read the entire statement below, along with the accompanying Tweets from Donald Trump and Talib Kweli.

Meanwhile, Trump’s re-election campaign is using West’s support to generate funds.

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Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community – Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades – Legacy Stuff! Thank you also to Chance and Dr. Darrell Scott, they really get it (lowest Black & Hispanic unemployment in history).

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018

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Nah that aint it yo https://t.co/hqA1NYGxE2

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 27, 2018

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My fault yo pic.twitter.com/TIWhG8o1ST

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 27, 2018

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Good on you for this. Stand up move. @chancetherapper keep rumbling https://t.co/zIczcpeygJ

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) April 27, 2018