For many, life is like a suspended circle: It opens when we’re born, closes when we pass away, and everything we create and accomplish in the middle defines our legacy. Chance the Rapper sees it a bit differently. 

For the last seven years, Chance (born Chancelor Bennett) believed his legacy was his children. “What I leave them with and what they remember about me are more important than what anybody thinks or has to say about me,” he tells Complex. But now, the term encompasses a bit more. “I’m learning more and more that my legacy is many people, and I am someone else’s legacy right now.”

At 29, Chance is looking at the bigger picture. At this stage of his life and career, he sees his legacy as a Venn diagram that overlaps with the legacies of his ancestors, and he is focused on bequeathing his will to the next generation in the form of music, art, and a sustainable system for creatives that he’s quietly been championing over these last two years.

As he scribes the next chapter of his career, Chance is spending time in both the city that raised him and the continent where life began. A life-altering trip to Ghana at the beginning of 2022 with close friend and fellow rapper Vic Mensa became the impetus for Chance’s latest artistic endeavors. After learning that many of his immediate family are from the country a few years prior, he dove headfirst into research about the continent and Pan-African theory. These have heavily influenced his new perspective of Black art and connectivity.

He’s been back for a few months now, and we meet at the Grammy Award–winning artist’s second home, which he calls House of Kicks—a sweeping Victorian Chicago domicile nestled at the end of a winding cul de sac in a quiet suburb outside of the city. Chance purchased the house roughly two years ago and converted it into an all-purpose creative space to work on his new album coming in the next few months, Star Line Gallery, and collaborate with artists of all disciplines.