Who Is Chance the Rapper?

Creating #10Day

#10Day was conceptual, it was a quick idea. That’s the best way I can say it. I knew I wanted to make music, I knew I was in this slump where I didn’t really know what was going on in high school. I knew I didn’t want to go to college, but I didn’t know if I wasn’t actually going to college. I didn’t have the grades to go to any good schools, I knew I didn’t want to go to school and I definitely didn’t want to go to a community college, but I didn’t know if I even wanted to finish high school at that point. I was just at a point where I hadn’t been making any new music  and I definitely hadn’t been making any advances in my music, in terms of getting shows or just certain shit rappers gauge themselves on.

“It wasn’t really working and I was having a premature mid-life crisis. I just happened to get suspended, and it was kind of like a blessing. It was all the motivation I needed. It was damn near vacation, I got suspended the week before spring break. I got suspended for smoking weed off campus. Crazy shit right? I used to do all types of crazy shit in high school, I was an asshole and I kind of deserved a lot of shit that happened to me, but that specific situation? Come on. Smoking weed off campus? They might as well suspended me for not doing my homework or some shit.

“It was some shit that they knew I did. It was really on some targeting, ‘we need to find out what this nigga’s doing and fuck with his life.’ So it was some petty shit, but it’s cool. I’ve learned a lot from it and I learned that I was in the wrong. I was tweaking, I guess. I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter, I’m onto the next one.

 

They might as well suspended me for not doing my homework or some sh**.

 

“I just got suspended randomly. I was always super-smooth and out of the jam any time some shit was happening. I got suspended and ended up having to come to my dad’s office downtown everyday for like three weeks just sitting with him, going to work and sitting on my laptop and I had nothing to do but write songs. I remember the first day I got suspended, I wrote '22 Offs' and 'Fuck You Tahm Bout,' and I instantly knew that was what it was, how I was going to make it and release it in 10 days. And that shit definitely didn’t happen. It took me about a year. But I’m glad it did, because it gave me a chance to write about my high school experience, and something more than just the bias of real time.

"I got to write on it being out of school in terms of being suspended, from the perspective of being in school when I got back in school, from the perspective of somebody who spent the summer not knowing what they were going to do, in the fall, someone who decided not to go, and the spring, someone who has seen a whole year pass and still not dropped a mixtape. Then finally I dropped it, and I was writing for it all the way up until probably two days before the tape dropped.

“There were still songs, 'Nostalgia' and 'Long Time,' that I recorded while I was actually suspended, so I think it’s a really dope piece for me because it spans over such a long period of time. Everybody’s probably been suspended, and I feel like if they actually sat down and wrote a journal about it everyday or recorded it somehow, they’d be able to find out a lot about themselves. I get to still look back on it and see what I was so pissed off about or what I was thinking about or what I thought was a serious matter that needed to be talked about.”

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