As 2016 comes to its conclusion, Chance the Rapper is ensuring his wildly-successful year is ending on a high note. Following the surprise release of Chance’s new joint project with fellow Chicago star Jeremih and his Christmas-themed mix for BBC Radio, ABC News keeps the spotlight on the Coloring Book emcee with the debut of a new Chance the Rapper feature. Connecting with ABC during the last leg of his latest world tour, Chance opens up to the network about his role as one of independent music’s most successful artists, his rise to the top and more.
The Chicago native talked about how the decision to remain independent has not always been easy, especially considering the plethora of record labels that have been interested in signing him. He admits he feels it’s the best decision for him and his ever-expanding career, and hopes to inspire others by way of leading by example.
“I wanted to give the idea of freedom back to artists, and one of the biggest things is control of how you release your music,” Chance said of his decision to release his music for free and remain independent.
He also addresses how it wasn’t “easy at all” saying “no” to the likes of his mentor, Kanye West.
“It’s not easy at all, definitely not telling Kanye,” he adds. “It’s definitely hard keeping that resistance, but I wanna teach people that it’s doable without.”
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