May 25, 2016


Chance the Rapper on 'Coloring Book': Labels Make Collaborations 'Really Hard'

Chance the Rapper's disdain for the record industry is nothing new, and even though the Chicago MC has released three critically acclaimed mixtapes without the help of a label, he says the industry is still making it "really hard" for him to do what he does best. 

In a wide-ranging interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio on Tuesday (May 24), Chance explained that a few collaborations with J. ColeBig Sean and Jeremih were expunged from his latest album Coloring Book, because the other artists' labels didn't approve of their contributions. 

Chance vowed to let that never happen again though, telling Lowe that “all it takes is the growth of the artists and the retraction of the control." He added that "I don’t think there will ever be a release from me again that feels controlled." Chance also spoke at length about his time hustling CDs in front of his high school, and how that approach has directly informed his current penchant for releasing music for free:

"The free part of it is more of an attention grabbing thing, something people can use as a marker to track what I’m doing. Since day one, when I was 15 or 16 passing mixtapes outside my high school, I’ve always given away my music.”

Despite any industry help, Coloring Book made quite the commercial splash: The album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first streaming-exclusive record to nab a top-ten finish. Watch the entire interview with Zane Lowe above.