Chance the Rapper took a break from his Family Matters Tour with D.R.A.M. and made a stop in New York to talk with Hot 97’s Ebro and Luara Stylez. They talked about Chance’s new family, working on his debut album, and staying independent in hip-hop. Chance also revealed he has something in the works with Stephen Colbert.
“Me and Stephen Colbert have been working on a song together, and it’s gonna released very soon,” he told Hot 97. “He’s amazing. I can’t get that deep into it, but he’s amazing.”
On Chance’s debut album:
I’m working on a lot of music, and a lot of individual projects right now. But my focus is eventually getting out of this trilogy of music that would be #10Day and Acid Rap and third mixtape. And eventually get to a place where, you know, like I said stand on top of something and look around and be like this is what I do. I’m not just rapping to rap. This is what I do.
On why he’s not signing with a major label:
I have complete control over my music—the same way that I did when I was in high school. I make what I want to make, when I want to make it, with who I want to make it with. In the end, I still own 100 percent of what I created. Anything that comes from my mind, I get all my deal points from it. I think just the understanding of giving up that same integral piece of the pie to anybody, whether they’re a huge label or an indie label. Or it’s just a distribution deal or just a publishing deal. Giving up that piece is difficult for me.
On his relationship with Vic Mensa:
Vic Mensa, that’s my brother. He came and brought out Kanye at one of my first open mics….I met Vic when I was maybe 13 or 14. We met at an open mic in Chicago, and me and Vic have always had a great relationship because we understand each other’s potential in music and we’ve been able to push each other to the limits. I could write in the studio with Vic for hours, and go back and forth on verses and never have to put it out. That’s our relationship; we’re very good at pushing each other.
Listen to the full interview above and find tour dates below.