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.”
I feel like if I didnt clear it up people would keep trying to discredit all the work we did to make Coloring Book what it became https://t.co/05v81I38ur
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.