Over the weekend, the rapper posted a video to his Instagram showing Baldwin rapping the words to Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago,” while Chance beatboxes. The two were apparently both in Chicago for a Young Chicago Authors event, and, as Chance relates, Baldwin is “for the people.”
Baldwin needs to work on his flow a bit, but we’ll applaud his effort. Sandburg’s poem is really beautiful, and here’s the passage he’s reciting if you can’t make it out:
…for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys/And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
Baldwin then attempted to spit rhymes on Twitter.