Chance the Rapper praised Beyonce as he delivered a heartwarming graduation speech at New Orleans’ Dillard University on Saturday.
The 25-year-old, real name Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, received an honorary degree for his philanthropy and continued service to the youth at the ceremony.
Addressing the crowd, he then encouraged the graduates to go above and beyond in terms of chasing their dreams.
Referencing Beyonce’s much-talked about Coachella performance, Chance explained: “With that performance, I realized that greatness can never be stagnant.”
He went on, “I realized that all of us have a responsibility to be greater than the people who came before us. We have a responsibility to be not as good as them or live up to their example, but to actually surpass them, even when it seems scary. We have to overcome that fear and be greater than our role models. We have to erase the fear and stigma behind eclipsing our heroes.”
Not ending his speech there, Chance continued to speak about the moment Beyonce managed to surpass another one of his heroes, Michael Jackson.
He insisted of her Coachella show: “That performance was better than any performance Michael Jackson ever did.”
“Beyonce had Mike. Mike didn’t have Mike. Mike had James Brown. James Brown had Cab Calloway, and so on and so on. Right now, the greatest performer who ever lived might very well be in this audience. And that person has something Beyonce never had.”
“Living up to your heroes is amazing, but it’s not good enough. The difference between goodness and greatness is going beyond,” the musician shared.
As Chance’s speech did the rounds online, social media users took to Twitter in droves to praise the star for his wise words.
See some of the reaction below: