Chance The Rapper Feels There’s “No Reason” To Sign A Record Deal

Image via Getty Images/Matthew Eisman

Image via Getty Images/Matthew Eisman

Chance The Rapper has had an enormous 2013 with not only the release of his fantastic Acid Rap mixtape, but also guest verses and performing alongside some of hip-hop’s biggest names. Despite this success, Chance has remained an independent artist, choosing not to sign with any major label. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Chance opened up about this decision stating he feels there’s “no reason” to sign to a label, because “it’s a dead industry.” He then expanded on that idea explaining:

The whole point of Acid Rap was just to ask people a question: does the music business side of this dictate what type of project this is? If it’s all original music and it’s got this much emotion around it and it connects this way with this many people, is it a mixtape? What’s an album these days, anyways? ‘Cause I didn’t sell it, does that mean it’s not an official release? So I might not ever drop a for-sale project. Maybe I’ll just make my money touring.


  • J’dinklage

    This is why Chance is the best.

  • Devin Middleton

    So much respect for this. I think this is the way a lot of artist will start to go.

  • JPclt

    True, it’s tough to make any “real” money off selling albums today. sure you can go platinum and make a couple million, but that’s not going to allow you to ball for very long the way these guys want to live. Touring 6 months out of the year doing 50 shows a year is where you get rich. With small artist making $10k a show, and big artist like drake making $500k, 50 shows a year can gross them anywhere from $300k to $15 million. Plus throw in a million off album sales and other merchandising, sponsors, etc (of course that can be a lot more for large commercial artists) and you can accumulate a lot of money over a 5-7 year career.

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