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Chance The Rapper: 'We Need A New Mayor, For Sure'

By Tanveer Ali | May 11, 2016 2:45pm
 Chance The Rapper wearing a White Sox hat he helped design for the team.
Chance The Rapper wearing a White Sox hat he helped design for the team.
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Chance The Rapper

CHICAGO — Chance The Rapper called on President Barack Obama to replace Rahm Emanuel as Chicago's mayor in an interview with Complex.

"We need a new mayor, for sure. That would be awesome," he told the magazine in a feature interviewing him and Lin-Manuel Miranda of "Hamilton" fame.

"It would be awesome having a good man represent the city because I feel like we haven’t had that since Harold Washington," Chance added. "Mayor [Richard] Daley was sick too. But, yeah, it would be awesome. There are a lot of people that need him in Chicago and the city, overall, needs it."

The comment was in response to what Obama should do after he's done being president. Miranda suggested that Obama should "drop a mixtape," something Chance knows about. His third one, entitled "3", comes out Friday.

Ken Bennett, Chance's father, was named Emanuel's deputy chief of staff and director of the Mayor's Office of Public Engagement back in 2014.

Director Spike Lee said that Chance, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, "he was on the mayor's payroll just like his father" after the rapper criticized Lee's movie "Chi-Raq."

Chance has been vocal about Chicago politics, especially after the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video. In an appearance on "Saturday Night Live," the rapper referenced Officer Jason Van Dyke, who fatally shot the teen 16 times in 2014.

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