Chance the Rapper Says He’s Not Releasing New Album This Week
Contrary to reports, Chance the Rapper is still working on the follow-up to his 2016 mixtape Coloring Book
Yesterday (July 16), in an interview with Greg Kot for the Chicago Tribune, Chance the Rapper indicated that he will release a new album this week. The second sentence of the article 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.” Plus, Chance is quoted as saying, “I’m excited for everybody to get that. It’s going to come out just in time for the Special Olympics [July 21].” Today, Chance has tweeted, “Sorry no album this week, def been in the stu tho. 😎.”
Sorry no album this week, def been in the stu tho. 😎
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 17, 2018
In the Tribune interview, Chance discussed how he may potentially release his next project. “I’ve never been against selling music,” Chance said. “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.”
Historically, Chance has released his work on free streaming platforms. His last album, 2016’s Coloring Book, streamed exclusively on Apple Music for two weeks before it became available for free elsewhere. It went on to become the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy.
As for his forthcoming album with Kanye West, Chance shared that their collaboration initially began when he visited the producer in Wyoming. “We’re up in the mountains around these wild animals—it’s very different out there—and we got some music done, and then he asked me if he could do an album with me,” Chance said. “I don’t know of a timeline on it yet, the trajectory of it, but he’s coming here to work on it some more. We’ve just started making it, but I don’t want to manipulate the situation and impose any time frame, because that can hinder you.” Earlier this summer, Chance shared that they were due to begin working on that project in July.
Chance recently announced a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. It will feature performances from Usher, Francis and the Lights, Smokey Robinson, and Jason Mraz, and is set to take place July 21 on Chicago’s Northerly Island. His “SNL” song “Come Back Barack” recently garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.