Is Chance The Rapper Planning To Release A New Album This Week?

The Grammy winner suggests he's still battling with the major labels.

(AllHipHop News)Chance The Rapper hinted that he was getting in the studio with his Chicago brethren Kanye West for a full-length project and the long-delayed joint effort with Childish Gambino was also in the works. Could Chano be dropping something soon?

According to a new article for the Chicago Tribune, the 25-year-old performer is set to drop an LP in the coming days. Chance famously did not make his previous projects available for purchase, but this upcoming body of work may be sold to consumers.

“I’ve never been against selling music,” said Chance. “Music has value. I put my music out there for free because I wanted people to see and notice it as a beacon for what I’m doing, in terms of how unorthodox I wanted my approach and my delivery of each piece of music to be.”

He continued, "On the other side, it’s not really difficult for me to make music and deliver it to the fans, because there are so many more platforms now, a bunch of streaming sites. The bigger concern for artists now is navigating the legal issues of owning your music, your publishing, your distribution."

Chance has been able to draw in big names for his projects. Coloring Book features Kanye, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Future, T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, and others. The Social Experiment's Surf album contained appearances by several artists such as J. Cole, Big Sean, and Erykah Badu.

However, the indie artist complained that sometimes it's difficult to release collaborations with acts signed to major labels. He even revealed that some of his recent music has been held up because of issues with record companies.

If true, it would not be shocking that the majors are not willing to give artistic support to Chance. On "No Problem," the Grammy winner raps, "If one more label try to stop me. It's gon' be some dreadhead n-ggas in your lobby."

Chance also publicly dissed several labels - like Def Jam, Atlantic, and Epic - during his live shows. He eventually apologized for the digs directed at Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.

"I make my money off of touring and merchandise. And I’m lucky I have really loyal fans that understand how it works and support. I don’t see myself ever being in a position where I need to sign to a label,” stated the rapper in 2016.

UPDATE:

Chance The Rapper addressed reports about an upcoming project. He tweeted, "Sorry no album this week, def been in the stu tho."

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