Chance The Rapper talks new album, partnering with Vic Mensa, working in Africa, and more on SiriusXM's "Sway In The Morning".
Chance The Rapper recently sat down with SiriusXM's Sway Calloway on SiriusXM's "Sway In The Morning".
During the conversation, Chance The Rapper spoke about his new album 'Star Line Gallery' and how the title was inspired by Marcus Garvey (7:50 minute mark).
Sway Calloway hosts SiriusXM's "Sway In The Morning" on Shade 45 weekdays at 8:00 am ET.
Full video interview below…
"I was inspired by Marcus Garvey in the early 1900s, 1919 through actually 1922, so 100 years ago now," Chance said. "He started and ran this very important, integral shipping line. He had a fleet of ships, these giant ocean liners which are the size of cruise ships, that he owned and funded with common Black folks' money. But what he did with it was he created a trade route between the United States, all of the Black islands and the continent of Africa, and that created a network of people where people from all over the world were interconnected and working with each other and taking trips together and created this connectivity that didn't exist before. It was intentionally shut down but the U.S. government in 1922, but it inspired so many other things," he continued. "So how I was just talking about Ghana being the first independent Black nation in Africa. Their first president happened to just come over to the United States when he was still in college and went to an HBCU, learned about Marcus Garvey, and when he came back, he instituted all that knowledge that he learned into the country and became its own thing. It's literally an unstoppable thing. When I think about the Black Star Line and all the spaces that it's been in, the Black Star is the representation of Ghana, in their flag, in the fabric of how their country was set up. They believe in global Blackness, Black connectivity and a free Africa. So we gotta just continue to follow their movements, like the things that he was talking of was so [groundbreaking]. Like, the idea of the decentralized dollar of having one currency across the continent. That come out of the dude in 1957, like he literally wrote the book on it. When he said it, they called him a communist, called him crazy, and now we got the Euro in Europe. But we still can't seem to get our dollar to be one thing."
Chance The Rapper Talks New Album, Partnering with Vic Mensa, and Working in Africa