Being an independent artist means saying “no” to a lot of proposals, especially when you’re as talented as Chance the Rapper.
The Grammy award-winning Chicago-bred rapper’s claim to fame, has always been not being signed to a major label. In layman’s terms: He’s self-employed and collects all his money off top.
But a recent campaign to smear his name, after donating a whopping $1 million to Chicago public schools, has certain individuals claiming he’s not as genuine as he claims to be. The most recent accusation is that he signed a contract with Apple Music that would make him contractually obligated to them, thus not independent of corporate interests.
Chance being the transparent phenomenon he is, quickly cleared that up in a series of tweets.
“I never felt the need to correct folks on my relationship with @apple but now that more people have tried to discredit my independence,” he starts off by saying on Twitter. “I wanna clear things up. @apple gave me half a mil and a commercial to post Coloring Book exclusively on applemusic for two weeks. That was the extent of my deal, after two weeks it was on SoundCloud for free. I needed the money and they’re all good people over there.”
His last point was an important one, saying, “If you come across oprtunities to work with good people, pick up cash and keep your integrity I say Do It.”
So there you go. Being independent doesn’t mean going broke. And working with major companies that will ultimately give a wider platform for your message of love and hope, isn’t the worst thing in the world.
Press on, Chano.