The vast majority may associate Kanye West with the top rapper to come from the Windy City, but to real hip-hop fans, there’s few artists above Common in terms of Chicago rap legends. The soulful, poetic artist laid the groundwork for an entire generation of artists from his hometown to pursue different sounds and aesthetics within their records. As Chance The Rapper has ascended to hip-hop royalty over the past year, we have heard little from the upper-echelon of Chicago hip-hop on the young artist responsible for Acid Rap. Twista hopped on the project, spitting a verse on “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and Lupe shouted him out at the end of a recent song, but nothing has been heard from Yeezy, and very little from Common on Chano until today, when Common sat down with Vibe to discuss Chicago’s newest star.
Common remarks at Chance’s ability to have as much fun as he wants with his music, citing his varying vocal patterns, rhyme schemes and voices that make up the sort of R&B/Hip-hop aesthetic that has become Chance’s calling card as of late. The Chicago legend also expresses his belief that Chance has a very bright future ahead of him. That’s verification. Check out the full interview, streaming below.