Chance the Rapper recently sat down with ESPN’s The Undefeated for a joint interview with Chicago Bulls player Jimmy Butler. The two talked about the city and how they’re each leaving their own legacies, one being a hometown kid who just won three Grammys, the other being the centerpiece of an historic basketball franchise.
During part of the discussion, Chance responded to President Donald Trump’s vague threats to “send in the feds” if Chicago’s gun violence wasn’t curbed. As a native of the city’s South Side, the rapper had some interesting insight.
“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,” he said. “I’m tired of n***as 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.”
Chance is going into the situation with some optimism that the president isn’t actually calling war on an entire city.
“Chicago’s problem has always felt like a minority problem,” he added. “He sounds like he was going to go to war with Chicago. I can only expect that he means he’s gonna, from a federal level, help out with the teachers’ strike and the union issues. I don’t like to think that he said what he meant or meant what he said.”
Jimmy Butler also threw his own two cents into how Trump and his supporters oversimplify resolving the violence in his adopted hometown.
Read the full interview on The Undefeated here.