Chance the Rapper backs Clinton: 'I feel a certain connection' to her

Story highlights

  • The rapper hung out with Bill Clinton when the former President attended his show last month
  • Chance the Rapper differ from his peers in why he's backing Hillary Clinton

Washington (CNN)Chance the Rapper has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton, and while that might not come as a surprise since Clinton has been racking up rapper endorsements since 2014, his reasons for backing the Democratic nominee differ from some of his peers.

In backing Clinton, rappers like Ty Dolla $ign and YG -- who has become rap's most outspoken critic of Donald Trump -- have largely cited their distaste for the Republican nominee.
    But for Chance, who released his new album "Coloring Book" in May, it was more about what Clinton has to offer.
    "Not to sound selfish, but she's from Chicago, so I would hope that she'd be engaged in our city's current troubles and needs," the Grammy-nominated rapper told Billboard. "She has a certain sincerity that's hidden by the media."
    Clinton touted the popular rapper's endorsement, thanking him in a tweet Thursday.
    "I'm not sure if it's because she's a woman or because Donald Trump just has a stronghold on the media at this time, but she's unfairly treated," he said.
    The "No Problem" rapper has addressed police brutality in his music and has spoken out in support of the "Black Lives Matter" movement -- an issue that Clinton has addressed throughout her campaign.
    The rapper said that while he is unsure about Clinton's policies, when it comes to choosing between Clinton and Trump, he is for the Democrat "by far."
    "I can't really speak on her policies, but I feel a certain connection to Hillary Clinton that's just not there with Donald Trump," he said.
    Former President Bill Clinton attended a Chance the Rapper show when he made a surprise appearance at the "Made in America" music festival in Philadelphia last month.
    There, Clinton stood near Jay-Z and Beyoncé, who was celebrating her 35th birthday, as Chance sang Happy Birthday.
    The former president was also seen earlier chatting with Chance and other celebrities like Carmelo Anthony.