According to Chance the Rapper, Apple paid the independent artist half a million dollars to release his album Coloring Book exclusively on its streaming service for two weeks.
The rapper who is making history is an independent artist decided to address his deal with Apple Music via Twitter after fans questioned his independence as an artist.
“I never felt the need to correct folks on my relationship with @apple but now that more people have tried to discredit my independence..I wanna clear things up. @apple gave me half a mil and a commercial to post Coloring Book exclusively on applemusic for 2 weeks”
Chance continued, “That was the extent of my deal, after 2 weeks it was on SoundCloud for free. I needed the money and they’re all good people over there.”
The 23 year-old Chicago native made history at this year’s Grammys, becoming the first artist to win a Grammy based on a streaming-only album. Chance doesn’t want fans discredit his work over the deal with Apple Music.
“I needed the money and they’re all good people over there…I feel like if I didnt clear it up people would keep trying to discredit all the work we did to make Coloring Book what it became. I think artist can gain a lot from the streaming wars as long as they remain in control of their own product.
“I just wanna remain transparent. Folks out there without a deal need to know they’re doing everything right just keep at it. If you come across oprtunities to work with good people, pick up cash and keep your integrity I say Do It.”
Chance puts in the work and it’s evident with all of the blessings coming his way.