Sunday at the BET Awards, Chance the Rapper was honored with a humanitarian award and a video message from Michelle Obama…and when he took the stage he spoke truth like it’s the only way his voice is set up.
“…I had plans originally to try and tell the world and everybody watching how to make it a better place. To tell everybody in this government that y’all need to let everybody out of jail for selling weed before you start making it legal for people to sell it and make capital off of it…”
Did a 24-year-old hip hop artist just call out the government for hypocrisy and racism? Hell yes he did. Chance went on to condemn the lack of convictions in cases of police brutality and murder, as evidenced by the tragic killing (with no conviction for the killer) of Philando Castile.
“I was gonna tell those judges that we just need a conviction…you know [they’re] wrong for doing this.”
The BET award show isn’t the only major platform to receive a dose of woke millennial realness lately. Just a week before Chance’s speech, Southern prodigy Raury was asked to model in a Dolce & Gabbana fashion show…and took the world by surprise when he removed his shirt and protested the brand right in the middle of their show.
“I have a soul. I have a mind. I don’t make my living off of shapeshifting and being what people tell me to be…Dolce would think they can talk shit about people boycotting, support the first lady of a president who is very parallel to Hitler, and bring the millennials and put them in that shit and nothing would happen.”
Generation gaps are nothing new; a new generation being hated on by the previous one is a common dynamic. But while these young artists are risking their newfound fame to speak out on the human issues that affect us all, we MUST support them. It’s time to really see the new generation, in all their greatness. Who cares if they are different? They are fighting for us all–it’s time to give them the respect they deserve.