These past few years found many rap artists of today criticize the ’90s and claim that the period is overrated, from the likes of Vince Staples to Lil Uzi Vert to Lil Yachty. The latest rapper to give the decade some flak is Chance the Rapper, who claims that the ’90s produced “many fabricated hood niggas.”
In an interview with Stretch and Bobbito for NPR, Chance shares: “There’s always been a quiet conversation and joke that if you’re not hard, if you’re not from impoverished neighborhoods, if you’re not certain constructs of a black stereotype, then you not black,” he explained. “Niggas kinda ran with that in the ’90s I think, and that’s why there were so many fabricated hood niggas. But now, a lot of black people have a lot more pride in being who they are, and understanding that is part of the black experience, is living and being who you are. I think it’s more accepted on the main stage.”
He also shared about how rappers like Kanye West opened doors for him to be comfortable in his own shoes. “The fact that it’s able to be a main stage or mainstream image, and accepted and celebrated is because of folks like Kanye,” Chance said. “[He] came in the game and was like ‘This is who I am, and these are the type of things that I love, and I’m excited about them, and I don’t necessarily have to carry myself as anybody that I’m not.’ And people picked up on it.”
Watch the interview above.