(TIML MUSIC) Chance the Rapper is a certified star, but his career was built upon a grassroots movement via three critically acclaimed mixtapes… which he dropped for free.
After dropping 2016’s Coloring Book, his star took off. And, as he preps his official debut album… he says his may sell this one.
“I might actually sell this album. That’s like, a big step in itself,” Chance said recently in his Complex cover story.
Chance says the notion of selling his debut comes from him wanting to compete on the Billboard charts, which still cater to sales over streams. “I kind of hate the fact that I can’t chart, really. I can chart, but the way they have the stream sh*t set up is weak as f*ck.” he says. “It’s unfair. And, you know, I don’t know if it’s — it’s like 1,500 or 1,700 streams is the equivalent to one unit, and that’s just, you know — that’s unfair. Nobody listens to their songs 1,700 times when they buy it, f*ck outta here. So, it makes it hard. I can’t really — I can’t compete with other people. Not that the charts matters at all, but like, come on.”
For now, Chance says the idea is only hypothetical. “This is all like, hypothetical. There is no album. I don’t have something sitting… I can feel, like, fans squirming in their chair like, ‘Oh sh*t, he’s changing!’ This is an idea.”
One thing fans can be sure about is that his next project will be much different than his three solo mixtapes. “I think whatever this album is, it would just be — it wouldn’t be so centered. Acid Rap and 10 Day and Coloring Book was like a trilogy in itself. One aesthetic, one goal, and this is like, whatever my next thing is, it’ll be, I think, just a bit bigger. Like maybe it’ll… there’ll be some type of visual component to it. Like it’ll be a movie, or it’ll be a play, or some type of tour.”