Chance the Rapper: “I Have a Bigger Voice Than Donald Trump”
Hey Chance, have you looked into Resist Bot?
Chance the Rapper may not be running for mayor (or president) anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean he’s not invested in politics on a national scale. The Chicago native appeared on NPR’s What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito where he discussed his daughter, his $1 million contribution to Chicago public schools, and his political clout.
"I just have a larger platform than all politicians,” said the 24-year-old artist. "I have a bigger voice than Donald Trump, you know what I'm saying? Than literally anybody that works in politics. So yes I can connect with people on a level of appealing as a person who is a citizen, who still does, you know, what he wants."
As well-loved as he is at TrackRecord HQ, Chance’s math is a little off. Trump currently has 35 million followers on Twitter, compared to Chance’s 5 million—not to mention Trump's slightly larger footprint on the national news cycle. However, Chance does have engaging ideas, which is more than we can say about 45. Chance cited his website, Rapper Radio, which allows fans to request his songs at their local radio stations, as a model for enacting policy change.
“What if there was a Rapper Radio for policy?” asked Chance. “Every time there was a petition or proposition, you can make a database with all the people in Congress that are voting on the laws which lead your life. If you can tweet-storm your senator or congressman and say ‘These are the actions we want.’”
Solid idea, Chance. However, directly calling or emailing your local representative might be more effective. In the meantime, we suggest you look into teaming up with the folks behind Resist Bot, a free service that turns your texts into faxes which are then sent to your elected officials.
You can catch the rest of Chance on Stretch & Bobbito here. Chance’s political vision for the future starts roughly at 17:29.