Leave a comment

Chance the Rapper is joined by Alessia Cara and Maren Morris on the cover of Billboard magazine’s 2017 Grammy Preview edition. Inside, “Best New Artist” hopeful Lil Chano “from 79th” has a lot to say about what “music’s biggest night” means to him, and talked about Beyoncé, Adele, both presidential candidates, racism, and more.

Check out some interesting excerpts and more photos from the spread below.

Seems like blessings keep fallin' in his lap. 🙏🏽 | Photo: @austinhargrave

A photo posted by Billboard (@billboard) on

On Beyoncé vs. Adele:

“Beyoncé. I thought Lemonade was a well-structured album, politically vocal, streets-ready and cohesive. Not to say that Adele’s album didn’t have any of those things, but I only heard it, I think, once. Coloring Book would be a strong contender for album of the year, too. I’m not coming for Beyoncé at all. She will be nominated but I’m just saying, why not Coloring Book for album of the year?”

On Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump:

“Hillary Clinton, by far. Not to sound selfish, but she’s from Chicago so I would hope that she’d be engaged in our city’s current troubles and needs. She has a certain sincerity that’s hidden by the media. I’m not sure if it’s because she’s a woman or because Donald Trump just has a stronghold on the media at this time, but she’s unfairly treated. I can’t really speak on her policies but I feel a certain connection to Hillary Clinton that’s just not there with Donald Trump.”

We love your 808s. | Photo: @austinhargrave

A photo posted by Billboard (@billboard) on

On great advice he’s received: 

“Donald Glover told me when I was, like, 19 to hire a business manager. He said it was the smartest 5 percent he ever gave up, and I agree, just in terms of structure and planning. That same year I was chilling with Jill Scott, and she asked me how I was dealing with my finances. Then she broke down to me how I should delegate money to my family, to my own needs, to my craft and, of course, to my taxes.”

On the significance of a Grammy nod: 

“The first thing I’ll do is give glory to God. If I get nominated, I’m going to throw a huge party in Chicago and I’ll fly in all my friends. We’ll celebrate the Grammys’ recognition of grass-roots independent artists and this new way of releasing music by nominating me. We’ll f–ing go crazy for, like, two days straight.”

Call her old school. But hey, she's a 90's baby | Photo: @austinhargrave

A photo posted by Billboard (@billboard) on

On his Grammy attire:

“Pretty much the same challenges that they face throughout the rest of the world in terms of being overlooked, underappreciated and held back from a lot of stuff. Colorism and racism don’t stop when you’re a musician or when you have wealth or when you’re in any given position. Kendrick [Lamar] going home Grammy-less [in 2014, when he was nominated in seven categories] was an awesome moment for people to recognize that it plagues us regardless of talent or skill.”

On racism also plaguing the music industry: 

“Pretty much the same challenges that they face throughout the rest of the world in terms of being overlooked, underappreciated and held back from a lot of stuff. Colorism and racism don’t stop when you’re a musician or when you have wealth or when you’re in any given position. Kendrick [Lamar] going home Grammy-less [in 2014, when he was nominated in seven categories] was an awesome moment for people to recognize that it plagues us regardless of talent or skill.”

On what he would change: 

“I’d change the entire world’s value of black American ingenuity and opinion.”

The live 2017 Grammy Awards show is scheduled for Feb. 12 at the Staples Center in L.A. Will you be tuning in?

SOURCE: Billboard | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram, Billboard, Getty

comments – Add Yours