Fresh from polarizing the masses with comments in defence of Kanye West, MC Chance The Rapper is stepping into the role of provocateur once again.
For while delivering the commencement speech at the Dillard University graduation, the Chi-town native made some choice words about Beyonce and Michael Jackson.
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While encouraging graduates to strive for greatness beyond those they’re inspired by, he illustrated his point by saying:
“Beyonce’s Coachella Performance was better than any performance Michael Jackson ever did”
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) May 12, 2018
For yours truly, the comparisons are a little grating – though understandable in their rooting.
Beyonce is, without question, this generation’s lead performer. There’s no doubt about that. And given that MJ was the same to his generation (and subsequent) makes it easy to see why some are setting the stage for that debate.
However, why must it always be a person a vs person b?
For us, Michael authored the handbook of greatness that Bey and co have studied and adapted. Emphasis on adapted.
What they deliver comparatively is similar only in that it’s rooted in precision, extravagance, and being masters of the stage. Beyond that, their offerings are so vastly different that making comments like Chance’s just feels…odd, off, and unnecessary. Just our two cents.