Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, was a guest on NBC’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” where he declared that Jesus has inspired him to be a more generous person.
The famous emcee from Chicago has been on the promotional circuit for his new album The Big Day, which is laced with profanity, giving radio and TV interviews and during Wednesday’s episode of “Ellen,” DeGeneres asked why it’s important for him to give back to the community.
“My understanding of a lot of stuff is based on Jesus,” he said.
Aside from his music, Chance is known for his philanthropy in the Chicago Public Schools system. In 2015, the rapper and some of his peers helped raise $100,000 for Chicago schools through the Get Schooled Program. Last summer, he wrote a $1 million check to his city’s Public School Foundation to help support the arts in the school system.
“Jesus teaches to care for your neighbor and care for people that aren’t necessarily your blood, but still a part of your body because we’re all humans,” he said. “That’s an impactful thing that I understood more as I got older.”
Chance also said his parents have been instrumental in teaching him to help others.
“My parents, since I was young, definitely instilled into me that when you see people that are in need, you don’t just want to pass them by. You want to try and do something beneficial to help them before you leave, because that’s your imprint,” he told DeGeneres.
“So I guess it’s a mixture of my parents and Jesus,” he concluded in response to her question.
DeGeneres replied, “Those were good inspirations!”