It appears Chance The Rapper has a new album on the way and it’s dropping as soon as later this week.
The Chicago rapper sat down with the Chicago Tribune recently, revealing that he has completed a new album that would release this week, coinciding with the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert on Saturday (July 21).
“I got that feeling when people do something that has a new feel to it. I’m excited for everybody to get that. It’s going to come out just in time for the Special Olympics,” Chance said.
Chance the Rapper is finishing the follow-up album to his Grammy-winning 2016 release “Coloring Book,” which he says will be out in a few days, 'just in time for the Special Olympics.' https://t.co/15XBPDxhUh pic.twitter.com/AOSKFSTLhx
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) July 17, 2018
“I’ve never been against selling music,” said the newly-engaged MC. “Music has value. I put my music out there for free because I wanted people to see and notice it as a beacon for what I’m doing, in terms of how unorthodox I wanted my approach and my delivery of each piece of music to be. On the other side, it’s not really difficult for me to make music and deliver it to the fans, because there are so many more platforms now, a bunch of streaming sites. The bigger concern for artists now is navigating the legal issues of owning your music, your publishing, your distribution. It has been difficult for me to release music with artists who work with the majors. A lot of stuff I’ve worked on hasn’t come out since Coloring Book because it’s hard when collaborating with artists limited by record deals.”
Chance also recorded a 7-track album with Kanye West, which they recorded a few weeks ago in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
“We’re up in the mountains around these wild animals—it’s very different out there—and we got some music done, and then he asked me if he could do an album with me,” said Chance. “I don’t know of a timeline on it yet, the trajectory of it, but he’s coming [to Chicago] to work on it some more. We’ve just started making it, but I don’t want to manipulate the situation and impose any time frame, because that can hinder you.”
An exact date is unknown for the new project, but on Saturday (July 21), Chance will headline and produce the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Chicago, which will also feature Usher, Francis & The Lights, Daya, Smokey Robinson, and Jason Mraz, among others.