Chance The Rapper has built his career on the back of three free mixtapes. From his 2012 project 10 Day, to Acid Rap and Surf, through to his Grammy Award winning Coloring Book - the artist has never charged for his music. However in a new interview with Complex, the Chicago based rapper suggested that his debut album may be the first project that fans have to pay money for.
One reason for this is due to the chart eligibility and difficulty to dominate the charts if your music is only available to stream. He artist admits “I might actually sell this album. That's a big step in itself. I kind of hate the fact I can't chart, really. I can chart but the way they have the stream shit set up is weak as fuck. It's unfair.”
Speaking about his new music, Chance went on to say that he wants to expand his art and potentially add a ‘visual component’ such as a movie or play into the release; echoing similar moves over recent months by the likes of Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Beyonce.
In the interview, he said “Having it for purchase would be dope. This is hypothetical. There is no album. I don't have anything sitting. I have songs recorded but... I'm chilling right now. I want to make something with a wider scope. 10 Day was all about getting suspended. Acid Rap was a lot about acid. Coloring Book was about being a father and God. I think whatever this album is, it'd wouldn't be so centred. Whatever my next thing is, it'll be a bit bigger. Maybe it'll have some sort of visual component to it. A movie or a play. Something a bit different.”
Also in the interview Chance discussed his experience of becoming a father in his early 20s and how his life has changed after winning the Grammys.
Check out the full Complex interview below.
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