Despite dropping his Acid Rap mixtape for free in April, Chance The Rapper’s tape recently hit #63 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart after moving 1,000 units one week in July?
How, you ask? As Billboard.com recently reported, it’s an a legel exploit indie artists have a tough time fighting.
Apparently, a company called Mtc has been selling an unauthorized physical version of the CD for $14.83, which is then distributed to retailers like Amazon and iTunes.
To Chance’s camp, it came as a surprise.
“I’ve never heard of Mtc, so this has taken us by surprise,” the rapper’s manager Patrick Corcoran told Billboard. “When I first saw it I showed Chance, and his lawyers are trying to stop it.”
Digital versions of Acid Rap have since been taken down. However, it shows how independents like Chance have no type of protection from third parties offering physical unauthorized copies of their works for sale… and the RIAA doesn’t do anything to help.
According to MTV.com, Mtc’s distributor is Houston-based 1-Stop Distribution. Companies like 1-Stop sell CD’s to larger distributors like SuperD, who in turn, moves the units via various retailers.
“It’s a new world out there and there are always people trying to figure out how to break the rules,” said SuperD CEO Bruce Ogilvie. “But if we find out someone is a bad actor, we shut them down. We don’t need that headache.”
Despite the problem being unresolved, Chance says he’s not too worried about it. “This shows that there’s a strong appetite for Chance in the marketplace. How often does a bootleg hit a Billboard chart?”
If you haven’t yet, download Chance’s Acip Rap mixtape, for free, at Xferno.com.