Earlier this month, Chance The Rapper sat down with BBC Radio 1Xtra's DJ Semtex to catch up and discuss the Chicago native's new album and tour. Covering everything from the recent election results to Chance's first memory of writing his own rap song, the two touched on his work on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo.
According to Chance, the album opener "Ultralight Beam" wasn't actually meant for the album, and instead, was meant for another set of G.O.O.D. Friday releases.
"That song wasn't even a thing," Chance explained. "When I came to meet up with 'Ye, there were 10 songs exactly on the album, and it was only supposed be 10 songs. That was the thesis of it, that it was supposed to be a quick run-through [...] it felt like a very complete project when he brought me in.
"Seeing as how the album was finished, [Kanye] was like, 'I wanna make G.O.O.D. Fridays again... I wanna have a track that I can drop every week, that's not on the album' [...] so we started making songs outside of the album." Describing how he, Nico, Mike Dean, and Kanye got to creating the track in detail, he revealed that it months before it was completed and became the album opener.
"Just the beat by itself and having the feeling of exalting and praise and worship that was not previously, it opened up the album to be everything else that it could be."
Beyond discussing the irrefutable influence Kanye had on him, Chance also revealed that he was currently working on his debut studio album. No additional details were given about the new project.
Watch Chance The Rapper's interview with DJ Semtex in full above.