CHANCE THE RAPPER AND FAMILY MODEL ‘YAH KNOW’ MERCH

"Raise Your Hand If Y'All Want Kids Merch"

Chance The Rapper has the support of his wife, Kirsten Corley Bennett, and kids, Kensli and Marli, as he promotes his latest song, ‘YAH Know.’ The rapper’s daughters were recently photographed while modeling merchandise made especially for his new single.

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“Kensli and Marli for they (sic) Daddy,” Kirsten exclaimed in an Instagram post that featured a picture from Kensli and Marli’s photo session. “New ‘YAH Know’ merch in collaboration with @hotfunmia available now at chancestuff.com,” the doting mom told her social media supporters. “Raise your hand if y’all want kids merch.”

Chance’s latest single is not just a song. Inspiration for the track comes from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California, where Chicago-based painter and textile designer Mia Lee and Chano’s work was on display last month. The art piece, which also carries the name ‘YAH Know,’ is designed to spark conversation about the art of storytelling.

Yah Know is a representation of generations of storytelling, particularly within Black families,” The MOCA shares of the piece on its website. “It’s the recalling of personal stories about the journey one had to take told by a grandparent or parent in a first or third-person perspective,” the museum’s description continues.

The scene featured in the MOCA and on Chance The Rapper’s merchandise is one of “characters named ‘the lady’ and ‘the gentleman’ in movement. The explosion in the background represents having to adapt and move forward because of the circumstances that tend to throw one off course. The desolate landscape is for the viewer to fill with their own scene of relatable experiences or the ones they were told in their family. These are the details of the narratives that show vulnerability and honesty while connecting experiences from one generation to another.”

Chance The Rapper appreciates connecting the generations. He recently shared his experience in Ghana during an interview with Complex.

“I think Ghana is the backdrop for most of the things that we’re doing, not just because it’s on the continent, but because it’s the capital of Blackness on the continent, to me,” the recording artist shared. “I feel like it’s a country that’s founded in creating connectivity of Blackness around the world,” Chance told Complex. “It changed my whole outlook on my relationship to my Blackness.”

Chance The Rapper released ‘YAH Know’ last month. The single is available on all major platforms.

Photo: Kirsten Corley Bennett/Instagram

Sarie

Sarie

Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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