“Shame Is Heavy”: Chance The Rapper Hits Back At Negative Album Reviews

"Some people want me to feel ashamed."

Chance The Rapper

By now, you’re probably well aware that Chance the Rapper finally dropped his debut studio album last week.

By that same token, you’re probably also well aware that the album has garnered one of the most divisive and visceral reactions to any release this year in any genre. It scored a big ol’ zero from The Needle Drop, an underwhelming 6.9 from Pitchfork (compared to the glowing 9.1 of 2016’s mixtape Coloring Book) and a slew of memes in which listeners openly mock Chance’s limited lyrical content and uninspired concept.

Up to this point, Chance had only dropped a single tweet acknowledging the discourse surrounding his album.

Recently, however, the Splendour dropout decided to articulate his thoughts in a little more detail, beginning with a tweet in which he states: “I’m getting this crazy feeling that people want me to kill myself.”

From there, he gets into his mental state surrounding the negative reactions to his album. “Some people want me to feel ashamed,” he writes. “Shame is heavy yo. And feeling shame for something that you were once prideful about is super heavy.”

He also thanks the people close to him that have reached out and texted him their support, while also reiterating that he is neither suicidal nor ashamed. “I just wanted to say out loud that I see the vibes,” he concludes.

Read the entire thread below.