As I sit invisible, in a small coffee shop, in an even smaller, obsolete town of NJ reading Zach Baron's account of his time spent with Chance The Rapper, my mind lights up with vivid images of scene's the GQ piece convey. The pit of my stomach and my heart are filled with air as I've inhaled. Holding my breathe as I draw in the authors words, my eyes even being to sweat at the intense emotion bursting through inner concrete. Chance's story of his Grandmothers prayers, and his journey to Hell and back resonate.
Everything I have ever felt, and connected with in Chance, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Frank Ocean's music all well up inside of me at once. The imagining of an ethereal sub-universe of creative genius energy effortlessly fluid on some hill in ritzy California named Koi Kastle is what small town suburban creatives like myself dream of. Baron's imagery brings to life a tale I was once only able to assume existed.
Baron's work is a rooted, and tangible account of moments any Chance enthusiast would die for. The essence of the genuine authenticity that Chance wreaks of, is no air-headed musing. The ascension that this ethereal artist has achieved is clearly manifested in not only his work, but the impact left on those he comes into contact with.
It is clear that Zach has been impressed upon, as he describes the awe with which he is left after watching the rehearsal of Chance's Muhammad Ali tribute.
Although I've yet to meet the Chicago artist, I too have been impressed upon. I have been inspired and encouraged to chase God unashamed. I have been summoned back to the cross. Chance is an exceptional example for young people, and most importantly young Black men, what obedience, and submission to God's will looks like. In an age when glorifying drugs, sex, and overdoses is the standard, it would seemingly be a no brainer to follow the status quo. Chance is proof that when you take a stand and work hard for what you believe in, without compromising your purpose, you will be blessed.
Romans 8:28 speaks of the faith that Baron learns of and recounts in his article on Chance The Rapper. When you have faith in spite of your fears, and struggles God rewards you. Check out Baron's piece, and tell me what you think. What is God calling you to, that you've been ignoring? Comment below!
*Makes it rain with fists full of faith*