Chance The Rapper Talks Police-Community Relations & The U.S. Justice System


(AllHipHop News) The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement ignited activists, politicians, and police officials to strive for solutions to the sometimes complicated relationship between cops and the residents they serve.

Members of the Hip Hop community have also stepped up to help bring awareness and offer solutions to the instances of police brutality taken place in America.

Some Hip Hop representatives have gathered all sides together for meetings, some have created tribute songs for those citizens that lost their lives, some have taken to the streets in protest, some have raised money for protesters, some have bailed out protestors, some have called out cops for not reporting their unlawful colleagues, some have donated to BLM organizations, and some have spoken out in the media about the subject.

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Chance The Rapper is adding his voice to the topic of excessive force by law enforcement. The Chicago-bred performer addressed the issue in his Billboard cover story.

“There’s a larger conversation we need to have about the role of police officers, their relationship to the people as enemy or executioner, when they’re not supposed to be either,” said Chance. “There’s also not enough pressure on internal organizations that are supposed to police the police and on judges in the justice system who are supposed to make reasonable decisions.”

The creator of the critically acclaimed Coloring Book project has also been an active advocate for ending the street violence taking place in his hometown.

In 2014, Chance’s #SaveChicago campaign forced a ceasefire for 42 hours over Memorial Day weekend. A year later, he took part in a non-violent youth poetry festival in the city.

The “No Problem” rhymer has also spoken with President Barack Obama about the My Brother’s Keeper initiative for male minority youth and criminal justice reform.