March 13, 2017


Chance the Rapper May Sell His First Album: 'I Kind of Hate the Fact That I Can't Chart'

Chance the Rapper gets personal about being a new father and the GRAMMYs in his third cover story for Complex magazine. After the Chicago native's massive three-time GRAMMY win this year, he is prepping the release of his debut album. But Chance plans to do things a bit different this time around.

 "I think I might actually sell this album. That's, like, a big step in itself. I kind of hate the fact that I can't chart, really. I can chart, but the way they have the streaming shit set up is weak as fuck," Chance tells Complex, whose official album will proceed three successful mixtapes including last May's Coloring Book.

He continues,

"It's unfair. 1,500 streams is the equivalent to one [album sale], and that's just that's unfair. Nobody listens to their songs [1,500] times when they buy it—fuck outta here! So, it makes it hard. I can't really compete with other people. Not that the charts matters at all, but like, come on. Anyways, I think having it for purchase would be dope. Also, this is all hypothetical. There is no album. I can feel fans squirming in their chair, like, 'Oh shit, he's changing!' This is an idea."

Chance then points out this album will vary from his previous mixtapes.  I want to make something that's got a wider scope. 10 Day was all about getting suspended," he says. "Acid Rap was a lot about acid. Coloring Book was a lot about being a father and God. I think whatever this album is, it wouldn't be so centered."

The rapper also gushes about fatherhood ("But getting to take my daughter places when I’m not on the clock—that’s like, a fucking surreal experience") and not being able to keep the GRAMMY awards he received on stage. 

Recently, the 23-year-old donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools as a "call to action" and had a meeting with Republican governor of Illinois Bruce Raune. He is also prepping a massive North American tour that begins on April 24 in San Diego.

Watch Chance's Complex interview above and click here for the full cover story. Next up, see a young Chano interview with Fuse as part of our Future Black History Month celebration: