Before Chance The Rapper became the admirable family man that he is today, he was just the average budding star in his 20s, trying to find himself. Like many other rising artists, Chance moved himself to L.A.—into a huge house he would briefly share with James Blake—and found himself in an unfulfilling cycle of girls, drugs, and music.
During his recent interview with GQ, Chance took a moment to reflect on the time when he used to live in Los Angeles. A time much different from now where he explains he would be "Xanned out every fucking day." In time, he would make some notable local friends—like BJ The Chicago KidJ. Cole, Jeremih, and Frank Ocean—who would soon be more help than he'd realize.
"A lot of those people would be at my house constantly," Chance explains. "I was on a date one time at the crib, and we're sitting in the front room, maybe rolling up some weed or something. And then Frank just comes up and starts playing the piano and lightly singing in the background of our date. Obviously, that scored me a lot of points with this female." Though this sounds like the exact picture of what many might consider an ideal date, Chance admits, "it wasn't where I was supposed to be."
More than a year later, Chance is back in Chicago constantly looking happier than ever and working on strengthening his faith. He made his new change of attitude the most apparent as he explained a lyric from Coloring Book's opening track "All We Got." He explained that he originally had a lyric that went: Life was never perfect. "And for the first, like, the last two months, before the project came out, that was the line."
However, soon before the release date, Chance had a change of heart and fixed it to say: Man, I swear my life is perfect. "Because I don't know if I really want people repeating that and thinking that and shouting that to me from the crowd on a stage," he admits. "'Life was never perfect.' Life is perfect! You know?"
Read more about Chance's new outlook on life here.