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Chance The Rapper Pump-Fakes Us With An Album Release

Thanks to an interview released by the Chicago Tribune, Chance The Rapper fans were lead by a serious case of false-hope earlier this week.

Chance sat down with the Chicago paper to talk about everything from the Special Olympics to his next album release––the latter being something the rapper explicitly stated would be released this week. In fact, the second sentence of the article reads:

“He’s finishing up the follow-up album to his Grammy-winning 2016 release Coloring Book, which he says will be out in a few days.”

To further confirm the article’s opening statements, the recently engaged rapper was also quoted as stating, “I’m excited for everybody to get that. It’s going to come out just in time for the Special Olympics [July 21].”

Now, as we’ve stated before, it’s been 84 years two years since Chance dropped his life-changing third mixtape, Coloring Book. As the Lil’ Chano From 79th lovers that we are, we were more than ready for some new music. That is, until yesterday, when all of our hopes and dreams were crushed by a single tweet.

Our only suitable response:

Though Chance has just confirmed that there will be no new album this week, we can’t help but wonder if this is his idea of an IHOP/IHOB publicity stunt. Whatever the case, the Chicago Tribune did offer up some interesting insights on how Chance is considering to release his next project.

“I’ve never been against selling music,” the rapper said. “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.”

According to Chance, he’s still looking at the pros and cons of all options because at the moment, the possibilities are endless.

“There are so many more platforms now, a bunch of streaming sites,” Chance elaborated. “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.”

Never being one to shy away from the legal rights of musicians, Chance also recently shared his opinion on the popular video game, Fortnite. Taking to his go-to social media app, Chance called out the Fortnite developer, Epic Games, with the intention of highlighting the lack of credit Fortnite awards to original creators.

As a highly influential individual, it’s not surprising that Chance’s tweet caused hearty debates within the Fortnite community. In terms of video game politics, there’s no telling how far the rapper will go, but as for right now, his focus is still on creating music.

To the Chicago Tribune, Chance also addressed the current status of his forthcoming album produced by Kanye West.

“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.”

At this point, we have no idea when we should be expecting new music from Chano, but at least we know it’s coming. We just hope this doesn’t turn into the Frank Ocean album release date mystery of summer 2016. That was a hard time.