It’s been a busy couple of years for Chance the Rapper. Releasing a few albums is one thing. But the young artist has also gone on to win a few Grammys, and become widely accepted as the best new rapper on the block. Now he needs to juggle his work, and his activism with bringing attention back to the public schools of Chicago, with being a father. No wonder he’s admitted he’d like to move back in with his parents.
Chance the Rapper – real name Chancelor Bennett – recently sat down with Complex again for an interview. It’s been about four years since the first time he sat with the magazine. That was back in 2013, when he got the honor of being on the front cover. Here, he shared how being a new father has changed the way he viewed his own parents.
When asked about what it means to be the world’s best dad, Chance quickly pointed to his own father as an example. “Most of the stuff that he showed me has been his dedication, his time management, his commitment to being truthful,” he said, “It’s all about what he’s instilled in me. So I wanna have the type of relationship where I’m a trusted figure beyond a dad. I wanna be a good friend and a good example.”
Explaining his viewpoint toward moving back in with his folks now, Chance explains: “I think anybody, if they were in my position, if they were 23 with a kid for the first time and were working – they would find comfort in being able to stay with their parents. If their parents are willing. I’m in a position where I want to be closer to my parents now, because I realize how important that is.”
The Girl Who Taught Him How To Love
Aside from just the newfound appreciation he has for his parents, Chance might do well moving back in with them, simply for the parenting tips he can pick up.
His daughter Kensli Bennett was born in September 2015. It took about 15 months, however, for him to introduce her to the world; he finally did so via social media posts.
“This is the girl who reintroduced me to God,” he wrote as a caption for the photo of Kensli, which showed her dressed up as a lion’s costume. “She’s the woman who reminded me how to be a man, and taught me how to love. She is everything I am, but much better. I can’t wait for her to one day help the world the way she has helped me.”