Why Was Kanye West Screaming at Chance the Rapper?

Kanye West and Chance the Rapper have been close for years. Therefore, when footage leaked of West screaming in Chance’s face, fans were disturbed. Though there doesn’t seem to be any ill-wIll between the musicians, it was certainly unsettling to watch. There may be a deep reason behind the drama.

Kanye West and Chance the Rapper
Kanye West and Chance the Rapper | Paul Natkin/Getty Images

Kanye West and Chance the Rapper have been friends for years

The Chicago rappers’ friendship stretches back in time a decade. In 2011, Chance tweeted that West was one of his biggest inspirations. In 2014, the men finally met at the Made In America Festival in LA, and they have been close ever since.

By 2015, West was calling Chance “one of the most talented new young artists.” The next year, Chance was being featured on West’s seventh studio album, The Life Of Pablo.

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Chance the Rapper has supported Kanye West during his recent outbursts

Chance has always praised West. In fact, the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy rapper inspired Chance’s own journey in the industry. “Kanye West is like my first image of a free Black man in the industry, and I’ve just always loved him for that,” Chance told “Windy City LIVE” in a 2018 interview. “Loved his music, loved his creativity, loved his voice, loved his fearlessness. Working under him, working with him on his albums is crazy.”

The 27-year-old rapper even defended West’s 2020 Presidential run even when many people pushed back against him.  “And y’all out here tryna convince me to vote for Biden. Smfh,” he tweeted in July 2020. “Yall trust Biden more than yall trust Ye. I think I understand why, I just don’t feel the same way.”

Kanye West was recently caught on camera screaming at Chance the Rapper

It appears that West and Chance’s relationship may have turned sour recently. In mid-2020, the College Dropout rapper tweeted a series of inflammatory statements about his wife, Kim Kardashian West, his mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, and others.

At the time, Kardashian West asked for the compassion she believed her husband was dealing with a manic episode due to his bipolar disorder. The 43-year-old rapper left his family home in Calabasas to live in Wyoming’s ranch, where he has been living full time ever since.

Now amid divorce rumors between the rapper and the Skims founder, producer Damon Dash leaked a video of West screaming at Chance the Rapper.

The video is from Chance visiting West Wyoming as he finished his latest album, Donda. In the footage, Chance can be seen calmly approaching his mentor before the “Jesus Walks” rapper begins screaming in Chance’s face. “Sit yo a** down and listen to the album or leave,” West screams.

Dash went on to say that Chance was simply visiting to check on West’s wellbeing. “Chance, because of what he was reading, he came through just to check Kanye,” Dash explained via Rap-Up. “They got into it, but they worked it out. At the end of the day, Chance is there just to be a friend.”