Chance the Rapper delivered the commencement speech to graduates of New Orleans’ Dillard University, a historically black college, where he was also given an honorary degree for his philanthropy and continued service to the youth.
The rapper’s speech focused heavily on social issues and the inequality he and his peers have been fighting in America. Beyoncé’s now legendary Coachella performance got a special shoutout, as Chance said “With that performance, I realized that greatness can never be stagnant.”
“I realized that all of us have a responsibility to be greater than the people who came before us. We have a responsibility to be not as good as them or live up to their example, but to actually surpass them, even when it seems scary. We have to overcome that fear and be greater than our role models,” Chance said. “We have to erase the fear and stigma behind eclipsing our heroes.”
He went on to claim that the next great performer might just be sitting in front of him, adding that, “Living up to your heroes is amazing, but it’s not good enough. The difference between goodness and greatness is going beyond.”
Watch the entire speech above (starting at around 1:30:00) and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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