Chance The Rapper Calls Out the U.S. Government During 2017 BET Awards Speech
Chance The Rapper might be having the best year of anyone in music, and he's been consistently reaping the rewards of his hard work. The Chicago native received the Humanitarian Award during the 2017 BET Awards last night (June 25), where the Coloring Book MC gave a powerful speech to the packed audience and viewers at home, speaking out against the U.S. government.
The "No Problem" rapper started off his speech by speaking on how early he feels he's receiving such a prestigious award at a young age, but feels as though God is giving it to him for a reason.
"To be receiving something like this at my age, it feels good as hell. It feels a little early to get something like this, but my God doesn't make mistakes," Chance said. "I like to think he's putting enormous pressure on me to see how I react."
Chance then goes on to call out the government in the U.S., where he takes aim at the justice system and how twisted it is that they can legalize weed while still keeping people locked up for petty possession charges.
"I had plans originally to try and tell the world and everybody watching how they can make it a better place. To tell everybody in this government that y'all need to let everybody out of jail for selling weed before y'all start making it legal for people to sell and make capital off it," he continued. "I was going to tell the Chicago Public School system not to take out a loan from Chase bank when they know that our schools are planning on failing in our district. I was going to tell those judges that we just need a conviction when you know these niggas is wrong for doing this."
Finishing off his speech, Chance concludes that he seeks to be a better father and member of his family, focusing on the things that really matter when it comes to making change in the world.
"But my big homie Reese told me that we gotta work on ourselves before we can work on the world. So I want to be a better father. I want to be a better father to Kensli, I want to spend more time with her," he explained.
During the awards ceremony, Chance also took home the award for Best New Artist. Both awards follow in the footsteps of his three major Grammy wins from earlier this year.
Watch the full speech from Chance below to see how he called out the government.
See Fans' Predictions for the Hip-Hop Songs That Will Rule Summer 2017