Chancelor Bennett, best known as “Chance the Rapper” is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, producer and activist. He has been in the rap game since 2012 but gained major prominence in 2016 after the release of his mixtape Coloring Book. That mixtape earned him 3 Grammy’s, 3 BET Awards and 2 iHeartRadio Music awards amongst numerous other achievements. Beyond all his accolades Chance is best known for his strong and bold faith in God. He has a unique ability to connect the secular world and the Christian faith together through his music.
One characteristic that remains constant throughout all of Chance’s music is his transparency. He has shared in his struggles of fighting his flesh to overcoming any obstacle thrown his way with Christ as his strength. Chance has spoken candidly about his past battle with drug addiction. He has spoken openly about how God has been integral in establishing a new lifestyle and he never hesitates to give all glory to God. If you weren’t already a fan of Chance the Rapper these 7 lyrics explained will change your mind.
“They prop up statues and stones, try to make a new God
I don’t need a EGOT, as long as I got You, God”
In the Old Testament the Israelites had a continuous struggle with idol worship. They would begin to trust God and then inevitably succumb to worshipping images or statues made from gold or stones. Exodus 32 vividly accounts the Israelites naively melting their gold into a golden calf to worship, rather than praising God who delivered them from Egypt. Chance compares people of today using awards such as the EGOT (to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) as an idol. He explains that although it is nice to win awards he does not need it, as long as he has God.
“I do not talk to the serpent
That’s the holistic discernment”
The serpent he is referencing in this lyric is the devil. In Genesis 3:1 the Bible shows the serpent in the Garden of Eden. In the garden the serpent deceives Adam and Eve into disobeying God, leading to the fall of humanity. The lyric explains that to ignore the serpent or the devil is sound and smart discernment.
“A full rack a month, nothing short of my rib”
In this lyric Chance speaks about the sacrifices he is willing to make for his family. He explains how he takes care of his family financially with child support and how he will give a full rack (which is one thousand dollars a month). When he says nothing short of my rib he is referring to Genesis 2:22 when God created the woman Eve from the rib of Adam. He is saying he would give his own rib, similarly to Adam, for the good of his family.
“Foot on the Devil’s neck ’til it drifted Pangaea”
In the Christian walk, spiritual warfare is a daily battle. The fight between good and evil, light and darkness is always at hand. However, as Christians know, God gives us the power and authority to trample on serpents and fight the schemes of the devil. In Chance’s own words he says, “The pressure he is putting on the devil’s throat causes continental drift.”
“Hear, for I will speak noble things as entrusted me
Only righteous, I might just shrug at the skullduggery”
The first part of the lyric is pointing to Proverbs 8:6 that says, “Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.” The verse perfectly describes how he intends to use his words and his music to better his community in Chicago, but also the world around him.
“From a lofty height we wage war on the poltergeist with the exalted Christ
Spark the dark with the pulse of light
Strike a corpse with a pulse of life”
Jay Electronica who is featured in this song is describing the battle that is faced in the spiritual realm between good and evil. Ephesians 6:12 KJV best exemplifies this fight, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” In the last lyric when it says, “Strike the corpse with a pulse of life,” it could be referencing God’s resurrecting power. He conquered death on the cross and he also raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11:44.
“Children born in one’s youth are like arrows in the hands of a warrior”
This lyric directly references Psalm 127:4. Chance interprets the scripture by saying that it is a blessing to have kids young. He says, “ Although it may be looked down upon in culture to have children young, this verse explains that the more children you have is more ammunition for God to use for his kingdom.