The growing relationship between Kanye West and Chance the Rapper has been well-documented. At a Harvard lecture earlier year, Chance expressed his admiration: “I might say some outlandish shit. Everything [Kanye] says is on purpose and very calculated, and he feels exactly how he feels… He's just giving you his straight up ideas and his feelings on how the world works and how it should work. I just respect the fuck out of him.”
Since then, the two artists have performed and hit the studio together, and Kanye told the whole world he thought Chance was wildly talented. Chance revealed more details in a recent interview with The Guardian—apparently Kanye was originally slated to play an instrumental role in Surf, the album-length collaboration between Chance the Rapper and Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. “[Kanye] was going to narrate [Surf] at one point,” Chance told The Guardian. “In the final weeks of getting ready to put it out we had vocal chops that we were using from ’Ye talking about some of the themes of the project. Through just thinking about it, it didn’t end up happening that way. Not to say it wouldn’t have been dope as shit!”
Chance also said that Kanye heard the album “before anyone else.” Revisit FADER’s cover story on the making of Surf.