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Chance The Rapper Shares Annotations For His Verse On Ultralight Beam

Kanye blamed Chance the Rapper for the delay of his album The Life of Pablo, but after hearing Kanye, Chance, The-Dream, Kirk Franklin, and Kelly Price debut the opening track Ultralight Beam on Saturday Night Live, it’s fair to say – worth the wait.

The gospel-esque track is about Yeezus’ faith in God, and his understanding that he can look up to His light for reassurance that everything will be alright. Chance’s input on the song was well received by fans, and now thanks to music website, Genius, Chance has now given us a bit of insight into certain lines and the making of the song by annotating his part of the song’s lyrics.

In reference to the line “Know what God said when he made the first rainbow/ Just throw this at the end if I’m too late for the intro,” Chance wrote that “This song was gonna be the outro and there it kinda made more sense. But it’s a reference to God’s covenant with us after flooding the world.”

Chance also elaborates on the line where he compares himself to Harriet Tubman, saying: “The Tubman line refers to my own leadership of all other artists towards independence and freedom.”

The song’s annotations also include one that addresses his ineligibility to be nominated for a Grammy since all of his projects are non-commercial: “He said let’s do a good ass job with Chance three / I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy/ Let’s make it so free and the bars so hard.

According to Genius, Pharrell has encouraged Chance to publicise this information in hope of changing the Grammy eligibility rules.

Whether he releases it for free or commercially for Grammy eligibility, I will support it either way. As long as he releases it.

Read more annotations here

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