Guess who’s (probably) dropping a new project this week.
Sitting with the Chicago Tribune, Chance The Rapper spoke on performing at the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary concert this coming Saturday (July 21st) at Northerly Island. However — literally — the second sentence in the piece reads:
He’s finishing up the follow-up album to his Grammy-winning 2016 release Coloring Book, which he says will be out in a few days.
This album will, apparently, not be the seven-track project Chance is working on with Kanye West, either.
“Chance would say only that his new album will be out this week, not how it would be made available. He prefers to keep his options open.
“I’ve never been against selling music,” he says. “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. 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. It has been difficult for me to release music with artists who work with the majors. A lot of stuff I’ve worked on hasn’t come out since Coloring Book because it’s hard.”
Whatever the case is, it looks like Chance’s fourth mixtape — or, perhaps, debut album? — will arrive in a matter of days. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s his project with Childish Gambino?
UPDATE: Looks like we’re not getting an album from Chano after all. Less than 24 hours after this announcement, Chance has changed his mind. Despite specifically stating that his follow-up to Coloring Book would see the light of day this week, Chance took to Twitter to announce that the album will not drop this week.
Sorry no album this week, def been in the stu tho. 😎
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 17, 2018
Even though we didn’t get a full project, Chance did release four songs to hold fans over.