Chance the Rapper and His '3' Cap Get the 'GQ' Cover They Deserve

The Grammy-nominated rapper covers February "GQ," explains his love for hats, his most expensive purchases and why he'll never buy a rap chain.
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The Grammy-nominated rapper covers February "GQ," explains his love for hats, his most expensive purchases and why he'll never buy a rap chain.
Chance the Rapper on "GQ.". Photo: Eric Ray Davidson

Chance the Rapper on "GQ.". Photo: Eric Ray Davidson

Leading up to the Grammys next month, GQ Magazine has announced its February cover star, Chance the Rapper. The Chicago hip-hop artist is featured in a joint release alongside The Weeknd, who's already had his fair share of fashion play — his design gig with Puma, performing for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and red carpet appearances with Bella Hadid. Suffice to say, we're way more excited to celebrate Chance's well-deserved style spotlight, which, of course, includes his signature "3" cap. 

The rapper explains to GQ that wearing a hat has always been a fashion choice since he was young. He wore them so much through high school that they were often taken away or confiscated, and he wouldn't get them back until the end of the school year. "After they gave back a few caps to other kids, they would just give me the box because the rest were all my hats," remembers Chance. "So I think, in one part, it's a rebellion. There are a few things that I have because I'm a man-child. Like I don’t eat vegetables at all. Never. I hate eating vegetables. The only vegetables I eat are lettuce on a burger."

Before there was the "3" hat, Chance was especially known for rocking a White Sox hat, which garnered him the opportunity to redesign and release new caps for the baseball team. Upon the release of his mixtape "Coloring Book," Chance made the switch to "3" in collaboration with New Era. "I've rationalized it to myself that it stands for the third mixtape, the Holy Trinity, and the three-pronged family of myself, my daughter, and my girl," says Chance. Fans can purchase the hat in a number of colorways on his website.

When asked about the most expensive purchase he's made that wasn't a car or a home, Chance recalls an old habit once he moved back to Chicago from Los Angeles. "I would buy very, very expensive Ralph Lauren stuff," he says. "I got into Polo really heavy. Like, Oh shit, now this is all I do. I have three-to-four-thousand-dollar merino wool sweaters or cashmere sweaters and shit." Hopefully Chance has broken that shopping cycle and luckily, we won't expect to see him ditching his "3" cap for a rap chain anytime soon either. "Never," Chance tells GQ. "Nothing ever from an expensive jeweler. Nah. Hell nah. That's not me."

Visit gq.com to see the rest of Chance the Rapper's cover shoot and read his interview with GQ Style Editor Mark Anthony Green.

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