By Callie Paige
If you know anything about me, you know I am very passionate about Chance the Rapper. Every so often I will search "Chance the Rapper" on Google to catch up on his life...since he won't respond to my texts about hanging out. Kidding. Well, my Google search of Chance the other day led me to an article on Pigeons and Planes titled, "What It's Like Being Chance the Rapper's Intern", which can be found here. Being an avid Chance the Rapper fan and an intern as well, I geeked out.
I vividly remember the day in March when Chance tweeted, "I'm looking for an intern, someone with experience in putting together decks and writing proposals." Simple as that. Sadly, I didn't have experience with that and I didn't want to be jealous of the future intern, so I didn't keep up with it...until I found that article on Pigeons and Planes. That article then led me to another article written by Chance's intern himself, Negele Hospedales, also known as Hospey. That article was titled, "How To Work For Your Favourite Rapper", which can be found here. As much as I want to talk about how much I love Chance, I won't make you sit through that. Instead, I am going to highlight my favorite quotes and stories from Hospey the Intern's article:
1. "While watching your boss –your boss– take the stage in his ‘worlds best dad’ tee, tweaking each sound-check to perfection, the concept of a ‘finish line’ will disappear from mind."
2. "There’s no right way to work for your favorite rapper. In fact, there may not even be a way to work for your favorite rapper. Compensation won’t come to mind, nor per diems – you would’ve done it for free. After all, a story’s worth a thousand resumes."
3. "Seamlessly, 32 shows will pass and your admiration will never waver. Hell, you might just come out of the other end with 1 or 2 timeless stories and a new group of people to call ‘family’."
4. "My time as intern for Chance the Rapper is something that could never be justifiably summed up in words. It was a time of transition in my life that marked a shift from slightly hesitant sometimes-blogger putting off getting a real job, into a confident multi-faceted creative with a taste of how great it all could be – and the newfound realization of the person that I’m meant to be."
5. I can talk all I want about my run-ins with various celebrities including the ones I lived with for 2 months, or how a taste of the VIP lifestyle changed me, but the first moment that really left shivers down my spine was a slightly more natural one:
Night 2 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO.
The band intros happen nearly halfway thru the show, and after the ovation for ‘Mr. Nico Segal’, ”Sunday Candy” begins. Suddenly, it was if the heavens literally opened up for a second; right as the vocalists harmonized the lines “Come on in this house, cause it’s gonna rain, Rain down Zion, it’s gonna rain”, the most peaceful light mist fell from the sky until the end of the song and as suddenly as they started, ceased. Something about that moment made me realize that I, or rather we, were doing something right, enough so to please our God & Mother Nature & the sky themselves."