As part of an eight part series, CNN’s “Chicagoland” featured Chance The Rapper. The show is an in depth look at Chicago’s gun violence and its impact on the city (Most recently, Chicago was the focus of an incident involving rapper Chief Keef being the suspect in a shooting). While being interviewed, Chance spoke about a particular track on the MC’s “Acid Rap” mixtape “Paranoia“, which was inspired by the city of Chicago.
“There’s a lot of Chicago influence that I put into the music—Soul, Jazz influence, Rock influence, House music—just a lot of sounds that stem from Chicago, the Chicago Hip Hop scene,” he said. “It’s very chill right now, especially in comparison to the way Chicago is.”
“It’s about the people that are affected beyond the two people that have a confrontation,” he said. “It’s really just about putting the death of a young innocent person in front of a bunch of people’s faces.”
“Paranoia” serves as the second track to Acid Rap, the latter half of a two-part song that begins with “Pushaman.” “They murking kids, they murder kids here / Why you think they don’t talk about it? They deserted us here,” he raps on the song. “Where the fuck is Matt Lauer at? Somebody get Katie Couric in here.” (CNN)