In a new revealing cover-story with Complex, Chance The Rapper spoke about being an independent artist, being the best Dad ever, and more.
When asked about what record labels have done to try to bring him down, he says they’ve: “Push[ed] me out of headline positions so that their artist could be a headliner, or not cleared songs, and you know, it works on both sides, so samples on certain songs didn't get cleared."
On maybe selling his next album: "I might actually sell this album. That's a big step in itself. And I hate the fact that I can't chart really -- I can chart, but the way they have the stream shit set up is weak as f--k. It's unfair. It's like 1500, 1700 streams is equivalent to one unit. That's unfair -- nobody listens to their songs 1700 times when they buy it. F--k outta here. It makes it hard. I can't compete with other people. Not that the charts matter at all, but come on.
Anyways, I think having it for purchase would be dope -- and this is all hypothetical, there is no album. This is an idea. I have songs recorded but I'm not working on a Coloring Book or an Acid Rap... I want to make something that's kind of wider-scope. 10 Day was all about getting suspended, Acid Rap was a lot about acid, Coloring Book was a lot about being a father and God, and I think whatever this album is, it wouldn't be so centered. Whatever my next thing will be, it'll be a bit bigger."
On being independent: "In order for me to contribute to thrive, I need more artists to do it themselves. I try and stress this as often as possible. I don't mean [literally] do it by yourself -- in a cool way, you can bring on your friends and professionals that you or your friends know, and build a business where you're the upper management, you're the creative and last decision maker, and you don't ever have to feel compromised.
Labels should legally have to release a list of names of all the people they have signed. Because if you knew how many artists are in deals with any label... I'm not trying to get specific, but any label, you'd be like who the f--k is this? Why did you sign this person seven years ago and their debut album is still shelved? Why don't I know anything about this artist? I don't wanna see people keep going through that. I also want to see myself thrive. I'd like to be proof that it works.
You sign to a label, you get a boss, and that shit's f--ked up to me. Like, why should you have a boss?"
Watch the interview in full below…