on a brisk New York Friday when Chance the Rapper and Lin-Manuel Miranda meet at a photo studio in Chelsea.Within the hour, they’re dressed in dingy overalls and covered in oil, faces smeared with dirt.For the next half hour, he and Miranda volley back and forth about their legacies, the state of American politics, and how to answer the call when opportunity knocks. You’ve got to treat everything like it’s your first project. So it’s about that mix of hard work and opportunity.is, “I’m not throwing away my shot.” I’m sure there were points when you doubted yourself, so how do you know when it’s really time to take your shot? When the opportunity lines up, you’ve got three joints to throw at it—I’m not missing it. Chance the Rapper: I definitely feel like I’m racing to write everything I possibly can, like Alexander.Both, they point out, were driven by an urgency to create, innovate, and rewrite the rules in order to win.Our cover stars share that same sense of obligation, along with the faith that success is within reach if you’re prepared to put in the elbow grease.
Drawing parallels between a Founding Father and a Detroit rapper may seem like a stretch for most, but for these two, it’s easy to see the connection.” The opportunity was there, and I was going to try this new thing instead of doing something that I knew worked. Do you think about how people will remember you 50 years from now? Everything you write as an artist is about your legacy and your catalog, and how you would look in a museum.LM: So many of my lyrical heroes died way too young, so legacy is prevalent on my mind, particularly in terms of hip-hop.I like to think of my music the same way because a lot of my stuff is about my ideal world, and how I want things to function.I have a daughter who’s going to be raised in this world, and my music and my art are powerful tools in getting that to be formed the way I want it to.