I used to tell hoes I was dark light or off white

from Chance The Rapper (Ft. BJ The Chicago Kid & Saba) – Everybody's Something Lyrics on Rap Genius


From this interview with MTV Chance spoke on this:

There’s just this stigma of self-hatred [within] the black community. People wanna say that they’re part Native American or mixed, or anything other than black. We’re raised to believe that there’s something better about not being fully black, something eccentric about it. I’m saying I used to tell girls that I was mixed, which is a bold-faced lie! I’m light skinned and I used to lean on that because that’s something a lot of black people pride themselves on and it’s weird. I would even go lengths to lie and say that I’m mixed or biracial when in another light, I’d fight if a n——a said that I talked white.

Chance also revealed that this line was actually an allusion to fellow Chicago rapper Lil Durk’s lyric. In Durk’s line he talks about how he used to tell girls that he was Jamaican because of the dreadlocks he had saying:

Cut the dreads off used to tell the hoes I was Jamaican

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