Coming off critically-acclaimed 2016’s, both Chance the Rapper and Solange were chosen to grace the cover of Teen Vogue’s Music Issue, giving some thoughtful insights to readers in the process.
Chance the Rapper did a wonderfully detailed phone interview with Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele that touched on many issues, including who their heroes are, how they buck stereotypes and what Chance wanted to accomplish with Coloring Book. About the album, Chance said “[I] knew that I wanted it to be a beacon for independent artists and music makers with their own agenda.”
As for Solange, she was asked to write an open letter to her teenage self, an assignment that turned into something with depth, honesty and the ability to touch those who read it. She talks about how “you will dive head first without looking into phases that you are certain of who you are.” It resembles her song “Cranes In The Sky,” which is also about stark self-discovery.
You can read both pieces here and check out the Instagram pictures of the covers below.
We asked our Volume II: MUSIC ISSUE cover star SOLANGE KNOWLES to write an open letter to her teenage self—the result is this moving, must-read essay about growing into her womanhood, feeling pride in her blackness, and owning every part of her journey. Here's an excerpt: "There will be pain, there will be doubt, there will be beauty, there will be the unknown. There will be so many moments of joy and delight that the whole universe will feel painted in hues of amber and wonder. There will be times you are so sad you can’t lift your head. And there will be times you are so happy that the sensation of life knocks you down. But most importantly, there will be you. A whole, whole lot of it. And you will feel good about who she is and who she is still becoming." Tap the link in bio for Solange’s full story, in her own words. ❤️?: @ryanmcginleystudios
“There’s a lot of power in being a black man with integrity.” — #ChanceTheRapper is leading a new generation of voices as one of three cover stars of our brand new Music Issue. In Volume II of the bigger and better Teen Vogue, Chance opens up about about how his faith influenced his music, the genius of working with Kanye West and how he found his voice in an uplifting conversation with the writer and director of #GetOut, Jordan Peele. Tap the link in bio for full story. #TeenVogueMusicIssue ?: @petrafcollins