Chance The Rapper Apologizes To Dr. Dre For Dissing Aftermath Entertainment
(AllHipHop News) Chance The Rapper is offering a mea culpa to Dr. Dre.
The Chicago wordsmith posted several tweets explaining why he was wrong for dissing the legendary producer’s Aftermath Entertainment.
Chance wrote on the social media platform:
I want to formally apologize to Dr Dre, and all of Aftermath for publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music. When I went on the Be Encouraged tour I made LED content to satirize and degrade major labels. I made the mistake of including Imprints which not only dulled my overall point of trying to uplift artist… But also singled out artist-owned ventures that have only worked to progress the culture. Dre is a premier example of creating space for wealth and ownership in an industry designed for creatives to be the foot soldiers. His work with Beats, Compton Schools and artist like Kendrick, Game, Eminem, .Paak, 50 NWA and others is unmatched and how i inspire to be. I set out to empower and I completely missed the ball and I know that now, once again Sorry to Dre, all the artists/producers at Aftermath and all the other folk trying to make a difference in music that I belittled.
While performing “No Problems” during his “Be Encouraged Tour,” Chance displayed altered logos representing record companies.
Aftermath (Can’t Do Math), Sony (Phony), Epic (Eclick), Motown (No Crown), Atlantic (A Titanic), Def Jam (Don’t Join Recordings), Virgin (Villains), and Universal (Undiverse) were all targets.
“No Problems” – which features Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz – includes the lyrics, “If one more label try to stop me, it’s gonna be some dread-head n-ggas in your lobby.”
Throughout his career, Chance has been an outspoken critic of the major label system.
“I don’t agree with the way labels are set up. I don’t agree that anybody should sign 360 deals or sign away their publishing or take most of the infrastructure that’s included in a formal deal,” the independent artist expressed to Apple Music Beats 1’s Zane Lowe in 2016. “But I’ve learned to not be like, ‘f-ck this company, f-ck this company.’ Even though a lot of those people tried to make it really hard for me to release my projects.”
Chance The Rapper managed to reach a mass audience in part by partnering directly with Apple Music to exclusively premiere his Coloring Book mixtape.
Dr. Dre is reportedly an executive with Apple after he and Jimmy Iovine sold Beats Electronics to the technology giant for $3 billion in 2014.