Chance The Rapper detailed his Apple relationship to defend his independence

The Fader:

On Friday, Chance The Rapper posted series of tweets detailing his relationship with Apple Music in an attempt to defend his status as an “independent artist.”

The Chicago rapper claimed that Apple paid him for two weeks of exclusivity for his mixtape Coloring Book on their music streaming platform Apple Music. “That was the extent of my deal, after 2 weeks it was on SoundCloud for free,” he wrote. “I needed the money and they’re all good people over there.”

I don’t know if the $500,000 Apple paid for the exclusive is out of line with other deals but I do have a prediction: After shooting his mouth off, Apple will not have any more exclusives from this artist.



  • Scott Adams

    If I’m remembering correctly, Apple didn’t even get the exclusivity window they paid for. I think someone–possibly from Chance’s team–leaked the album through SoundCloud and/or other channels just before the Apple window began.

    He shouldn’t have bothered explaining himself. He’ll never win with those folks who think music and other media should be free for their enjoyment.

  • He might was to be “transparent” to his fans, but he comes off looking like a douche.

    Tweeting this a few months after the album came out kinda screams like someone is missing a bit of attention now that the new shiny has come out on Apple Music and Questlove won’t return his calls anymore.