"I’m tired of [people] talkin’ about Chicago like it’s a Third World country" ...
Chance the Rapper is not afraid to speak his mind. The Grammy winning emcee is a staunch advocate for his hometown of Chicago, and even though he acknowledges its challenges, he doesn’t want anybody disparaging its name.
Recently, Chance and Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Buttler sat down with The Undefeated to talk about life, their careers, and giving back to the city when Donald Trump’s ominous tweet to “send the feds to Chicago” came up.
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Peep an excerpt of their conversation:
The Undefeated: I don’t know if you saw the tweet from President Trump where he said he was going to send the feds into Chicago, citing violence. What does that say about this country, that we still view Chicago under that violence lens?
CHANCE: I hope he’s coming in to do some type of federal overturn of our state and city budgets in terms of schooling and housing. I’m tired of n—–s talkin’ about Chicago like it’s a Third World country. Like, that it’s not a place of booming business with a very successful downtown and all types of new development. It sounds like he was announcin’ he was going to war with Chicago. I don’t like to look at s— through that lens.
BUTLER: I just think it’s hard to relate to the people here if you can’t relate to them. If you keep throwin’ ’em in a category that they’re violent, no matter if they change or not, they’re still going to be in that category.
You go down there and you change people’s lives. You make them want to do better for the next person. And that’s when Chicago is going to be a beautiful place, and nobody’s comin’ here talkin’ about how bad it is like he said, like a Third World country. ’Cause that’s not it.
Watch a clip from the interview below:
Check out the full interview with Chance the Rapper and Jimmy Buttler on The Undefeated.