Amongst the many things performers acquire from other musicians in the midst of their upbringing, Chance The Rapper brings up quite a unique tactic and he says he got the idea from Kanye West. Mentioning Yeezy’s debut album, Chance claims that as an impressionable kid, the project had quite an impact on him making him want to quit school as a youngster.
“I was a mad impressionable kid, and every skit from The College Dropout was telling me how I didn’t need school,” said Chance in an interview with Complex. “And I think that had a very big impact on how I treated it. I was like his bad son. At one point [my father] was like, ‘I might have to kill this nigga. He is too bad. I put this nigga in the world…He used to say that. Only way more violently.”
Further speaking on Michael Jackson’s influence in his career, Chance added that Michael Jackson’s Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour DVD is what actually encouraged him to be a live performer.“If I hadn’t gotten that DVD, I wouldn’t be a live performer. That was what I studied, the dancing on stage and incorporation of the crowd and the leg drops and the emotion of the set. Making it a story so that people stay with you the whole time—so you’re not just playing random songs.”