I’ve been a fan of Chance the Rapper for some time largely because his raps are inspirational and engaging. Chance has been open about his faith and how it has affected his personal and professional life. While there have been a plethora of positive rappers who have integrated faith and inspiration into their lyrics, Chance is one of the few secular Hip Hop artists who while not strictly identifying as Christian, utilizes Christian and gospel elements into his lyrics.
This has been very successful. On a recent Ellen Show, Chance said, “Jesus teaches to care for your neighbor and care for people that aren’t necessarily your blood, but still a part of your body because we’re all humans,” he said. “That’s an impactful thing that I understood more as I got older.” While his words aren’t explicitly scripture chapter and verse, they are clearly influenced by the scriptures and the words of Jesus in the gospels of Matthew (7:12) and Luke (6:31). It’s no doubt that Chance the Rapper is an influencer and that his fans are aware of his character of faith and giving back. It is evident that they appreciate that part of him in addition to his fresh rhymes. In a day when people are craving authenticity in their influencers, his words may just be the impetus to some learning to love God through loving others and themselves in acts of kind selflessness that reflect the greatest fulfilment of God’s commands and laws.