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What we learned from Hannibal Buress’ interview with Chance the Rapper

on February 10, 2015, 11:05pm

They may live in different cities now, but fellow Chicago natives Hannibal Buress and Chance the Rapper remain good pals. They met when the comedian appeared in the MC’s “NaNa” video, and the latter also guested on the former’s TV series The Eric Andre Show. It’s that camaraderie that made their chit-chat for Interview magazine that much more compelling.

In the lengthy, laugh-filled interview, Buress and Chance each reveal some interesting facts about their respective careers and personal tastes. Here are some of the highlights:

Chance’s album Surf will be released Beyoncé-style“The album is very much so a Beyoncé kind of thing. So I can’t say the date of the project, but I can say that it’s super dope.”

Buress refuses to watch Silence of the Lambs or any of the sequels: “It’s funny, this week I was on set and some people were talking about movies they thought were real scary. This photographer said to me, ‘You know what the lead character was in the movie? Hannibal.’ I’m like, “You think I wasn’t aware of that at all? Me. At the age of 32. And that movie came out in 1992. You are enlightening me on the lead character?”

Buress is an aspiring DJ, having worked with Flying Lotus, though he doesn’t have “real blending skills” yet: “So, around this time last year I did this ill ass track. Flying Lotus made the beat, and I knocked it out. One take. Dope ass freestyle. Some lines about Dennis Rodman in North Korea. And I sent it to you, and never got it back. What’s up with that?” Sadly, Chance never responded to the question, either.

Chance is an aspiring comedian and actor, and he auditioned for Straight Outta Compton: “I’ve been dabbling in the comedy world, showing up at random improv shows. Been on stage doing four minute sets,” he said, adding, “I’m probably going to do some comedy shows at my new sets. I can be very funny.” He joked about auditioning for Empire, but noted, “I actually did try out for the N.W.A. movie. I read for Dre. But it wasn’t in God’s plan.”

Off-handedly, Chance mentioned that Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover may be involved in the new plans for Spider-Man: “I don’t know if you heard, but Donald [Glover, aka Childish Gambino] has been involved a little bit in this Spider-Man reworking…” It’s worth noting that Glover currently voices the Miles Morales Ultimate version of Spidey on Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, so this may be what Chance is referring to.

For more, check out the full discussion at Interview.

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