Over the weekend Chance the Rapper was awarded an honorary doctorate from Dillard University and during his commencement speech he solidified his lifetime membership in the Beyhive during his commencement speech at Dillard University. While speaking to the college graduates on Saturday (May 12), Lil Chano declared that Beyoncé’s acclaimed set at Coachella 2018 had surpassed all of Michael Jackson’s legendary performances.
“Beyoncé’s performance was better than any performance Michael Jackson ever did,” he said, recognizing some people wouldn’t like his opinion. “That woman, better than Mike. Black woman, better than Mike. I said it! I understand that’s upsetting to a few people here, probably … We have to erase the fear and stigma behind eclipsing our heroes.”
Before he made the bold statement, Chance recounted his adoration for Jackson. He then spoke glowingly about the Coachella performance. “Beyoncé … in real time, in one fell swoop, she eclipsed every Grammy performance, every Super Bowl halftime show, every talent show. Literally, any performance from the beginning of time, in contrast, became outdated and obsolete. This was Coachella.”
Here’s ‘Chance the Rappers’ speech at Dillard University, in full…
I respect ‘Chance The Rapper’ and his opinion, but folks never said “Michael Jackson was a better performer than Marvin Gaye or Sammy Davis Jr.” Let people be great, your era is different, so stop saying someone is better than the next. It’s disrespectful and unneeded.