Chance the Rapper made his debut appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ performing his hit ‘Summer Friends.’ In an interview with Robin Roberts he spoke about his rise to success, his political activism and more.
The 23-year-old Chicago MC was recently featured on the cover of Billboard. He continues to be a trailblazer as an independent artist. Earlier this year he made his debut on Saturday Night Live, and was the first unsigned artist ever to perform on the show in its 41-year-history.
This time around he made his debut on Good Morning America and performed ‘Summer Friends’ which is one of the tracks from his latest mixtape, ‘Coloring Book,’ released in May of this year. It made history as the first stream only album to chart on the Billboard 200.
In his interview with Robin Roberts, he spoke of his decision to remain independent, saying, “I think the music industry is something that’s very separate from music and so staying on the music sound I found success.”
He’s known for his advocacy work as well, notably starting the “#SaveChicago” campaign with his father, advocating an end to the city’s high incidence of gun violence and, recently, an open mike night for students.
He said of his efforts, “I come from a family of organizers, and abolitionists, and social workers — just a long line of people that work in the community. So it always felt integral to me to becoming a man to be a person of the people and put in work.”
Earlier this year, he was invited to the White House in April to speak with President Obama about the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. He was also among the celebrities who were invited to the President’s 55th birthday party. It’s also been recently announced that he’s on the President’s playlist. He said of that, ““I had no idea. I didn’t see that coming. Probably the coolest playlist I’ve ever been on.”
He also spoke about what it was like to take part in the ESPN tribute to Muhammad Ali alongside basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and said, ““It was one of the best moments I’ve ever had.”
Not least, he shared his excitement over his first-ever nomination for an MTV VMA Award, saying, “It’s an amazing feeling. I don’t really care about winning anymore. It’s just to have them notice me, it’s really cool.”
Below, you can see the full video of Chance the Rapper on ‘Good Morning America!’