Chance the Rapper responds to perceived hostility on Twitter

“Some people want me to feel ashamed.”

Two weeks ago, Chance the Rapper dropped his debut studio album, The Big Day. Fans and critics alike have had their say on the record, and as is the case with the opinionated hip hop sphere, not all reviews have been positive. Yesterday, Chano opened up on Twitter on some of the ill-feeling he’s seen circulating around him and his music.

“I’m getting this crazy feeling that people want me to kill myself,” the rapper said. “That’s not my vibe at all, but I feel the push. And I feel even more than that, some people want me to feel ashamed… And feeling shame for something that you were once prideful about is super heavy.”

Chance explained that he went to the platform to “let some of these feelings go ’cause that’s what Twitter is for… for people to say exactly what’s on their hearts.” He also stressed that “I don’t want to kill myself, nor am I ashamed of loving my wife. I think I just wanted to say out loud that I see the vibes.”

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The rapper thanked “anyone out there that’s texted me the past few days” (and later gave a specific shout-out to Lil Yachty) and affirmed, semi-jokingly, that he loves his wife—yet another reference to a meme in response to The Big Day, which centers on Chano’s wedding earlier in March.

Is Chance over-sensitive to criticism, or are his tweets food for thought on the way fans make their musical opinions known on social media? Read his tweets and decide for yourself:

Chance the Rapper Twitter The Big Day backlash
Image: Chance the Rapper official Twitter

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Chance the Rapper Twitter The Big Day backlash
Image: Chance the Rapper official Twitter

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