Chance The Rapper has made a name for himself in the music world from his free mixtapes. He even became the first artist to win a GRAMMY for an album that was never on sale. He’s now working on his official debut album and he might just put it on sale.
The Chicago rapper is on the cover of latest issue of Complex magazine and in the issue, he addresses that possibility: “I might actually sell this album. That’s like, a big step in itself “I kind of 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 fuck. 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, fuck 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.”
He continues: “I think having it for purchase would be dope. Also, I’m talking about… 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 shit, he’s changing!’ This is an idea.”
Chance also sat down with Noah Callahan-Bever for an extensive interview about being a father, his upcoming album, GRAMMYs wins and more. You can watch the full interview below.