Chance has had it
Chance The Rapper has finally responded to Joe Budden’s near constant critique of him. The rapper has remained mum for much of Budden’s criticism on his talk show Everyday Struggle, but a recent bit where he mocked a late-night Chance performance sent the ultra-posi rapper over the edge. For him at least.
“I don’t get upset about stuff like that because that’s what music is,” Chance said in an interview with Robyn Neal. “You don’t always have to have songs that everyone likes or always make music that the contemporary best or to fit in what’s around. You can just make music and if you’re confident enough, you will get to perform it on late night.”
He also wrote off Budden’s critique as a bit of oldhead whining. While he said it in his own bright and happy way, Chance essentially told Budden that the culture he’s defending doesn’t exist any more.
“There’s this idea that you have to make things for the culture and push the culture forward and it’s like, ni**a I am the culture. Whatever decisions I made, they’re made and I also f**k with Joe Budden, I know he has to do his thing. He has a talk show now but before he was an artist and he got to do whatever he wanted. Now he has to go to his job and clock in and clock out and provide his insight. Ni**as gotta do what they gotta do.”
Budden was quick to respond to the call-out on an episode of his talk show. Budden accused Chance of not actually being mad about his song critique, saying that he was instead lashing out over Budden’s repeated insistence that Chance’s vaunted independence from major record labels is a sham.
“Fans have noticed that,” he said. “Not only fans but some of Chance’s peers also are noticing the difference in content and the marketing machine at work.” He continued:
“The whispers are growing. They’re getting louder now. We’re starting to see more people say that. I think he’s doing that because the rumblings are getting louder… You are not independent. Stop saying it. And stop responding to me every time I say it because I’m willing to prove my points and I’m here every day.”
Also Budden said that Chance is using him to avoid interacting with his other critics among his fan base who might not be all the way on board with Chance’s sonic shift from Acid Rap to Coloring Book.
“Stop using me as the shield to respond to your critics,” he said, after noting that the content Chance has produced since his breakthrough is “dramatically” different from his earlier work.
Watch The Interview
Check out Chance’s whole interview up top. The response is over at Complex’s YouTube page. What do you think? Who is right in this fight? We know Budden is a well-known grouch, but is he right in this particular instance? Will Budden and Chance ever sit down and work this out? Are we in for a Very Special Episode of Everyday Struggle where Budden finally gets the opportunity to clown Chance’s awful three hats in person?
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