Chance the Rapper has long been heralded as an independent artist after having released his three mixtapes—10 Day, Acid Rap, and Coloring Book—without the backing of a label and as free, digital downloads. Well, at least the first two.
Questions arose when, last year, Coloring Book was released as an Apple Music exclusive for two weeks before being available on other services. Chance has mostly kept quiet about the deal until now. He took to Twitter today (March 17) to explain himself after feeling as if folks were trying to "discredit" him.
Simply put, he needed the money, the Apple crew are "good people," and after the two weeks, the mixtape was uploaded to SoundCloud, where his other two albums still remain, for free. And he himself still remains unsigned.
I never felt the need to correct folks on my relationship with @apple but now that more people have tried to discredit my independence..— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017
That was the extent of my deal, after 2 weeks it was on SoundCloud for free. I needed the money and they're all good people over there https://t.co/5kIhv0YaKS— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017
I feel like if I didnt clear it up people would keep trying to discredit all the work we did to make Coloring Book what it became https://t.co/05v81I38ur— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017
I think artist can gain a lot from the streaming wars as long as they remain in control of their own product. https://t.co/6agVO3uIdf— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017
I just wanna remain transparent. Folks out there without a deal need to know they're doing everything right just keep at it. https://t.co/5udstMPX62— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017
If you come across oprtunities to work with good people, pick up cash and keep your integrity I say Do It https://t.co/yF0gBPkLhY— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017
There you have it.