Chance The Rapper sent out a flurry of tweets on Tuesday that endorsed mogul Kanye West’s presidential short-lived candidacy and took shots at democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The controversy started when Chance, who is signed to West’s G.O.O.D. Music shingle, retweeted Kanye’s post, his latest single DONDA, a song about his late mother.
Chance added a loaded remark to the post, “And yall out here tryna convince me to vote for Biden. Smfh.”
And yall out here tryna convince me to vote for Biden. Smfh https://t.co/JgbGBmPQk5
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 13, 2020
Twitter responded with immediate criticism from fans and comments on the post topped eight thousand. One user snarked, “Trump thanks you for your service.” Another sagely replied, “Sometimes one can be too woke. West has ZERO chance of winning.”
Someone quite sensibly pointed out that “He’s too late to get on the majority of state ballots,” and incredulously added, “Also… really?”
West has come under scrutiny for statements made in an interview where he named his political party “The Birthday Party,” because, “When we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.” Then said, “We need to stop doing things that make God mad,” to cure the coronavirus. Also noting that he would structure the White House after the fictional country of Wakanda from Marvel’s Black Panther.
Chance went on a Twitter rant that had his name trending when he took a poll about reparations and was disappointed by the results. He also questioned how followers felt about “prison abolition” and “universal basic housing.” Then went on to say that “everyone voting for Biden isn’t necessarily doing so enthusiastically.”
The rapper utilized his popular status to call on the Chicago Police to “admit to and denounce the assassination of Fred Hampton,” a Black Panther Activist killed in a 1969 police raid.