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So what is the status on the Childish Gambino/Chance The Rapper mixtape? Last year, we were shook to hear the news when Donald Glover stated that his next album would be his last one. But according to a recent interview with Pitchfork on the In Sight Out podcast, longtime friend and fellow artist Chance The Rapper spilled deets on their joint mixtape and confirmed the two rappers did connect and record tracks in Atlanta, giving us hope that the multi-talented Childish Gambino may not be going anywhere just yet.
.@AdrienneWrites “what’s the status of the collaboration with Donald Glover?”@chancetherapper “We perpetuated that rumor for a long time without recording anything (laughs)… We did link up in Atlanta and record some tracks and… they’re amazing.”
— MCA Chicago (@mcachicago) March 6, 2018
Chance said their songs are “going to touch people,” and praised Glover’s sense of identity saying, “I think he’s always had such a cool firm grasp on who he wants to be when he wants to be that.” It’s just another reason we think these two should drop their mixtape—despite the 10-year age gap, these two relate on so many levels.
Both rappers are fathers. Both have had experience working on high-profile collaborative projects. Both dabbled in film (Lion King for Gambino, Slice for Chance). They also both boast countless nominations and awards. Chance is still without a label but is a three-time Grammy Award-winning artist. For Gambino, “Redbone” won him his first Grammy Award, and he also received nominations for Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
The rumoured collaborative mixtape was first teased in 2014, back when Chance debuted his verse for Gambino’s “The Worst Guys” one of the pair’s most notable collaborations. In the Pitchfork podcast, Chance reminisces on when Gambino tweeted, “Now that chance finally released his verse on ‘worst guys’, maybe he can hurry up and finish the rest of our EP. #hinthint”
Shortly after, Chance’s second mixtape Acid Rap was released, featuring Gambino on “Favorite Song.” Then in 2016, Chance posted a photo with Gambino captioned, “Hawaii then L.A., back to work. #roscoeswetsuit” referring to Gambino’s 2013 Because the Internet screenplay.
Since then, the speculations continued. At least we know that no matter what, unreleased tracks by these two icons have been recorded and somewhere in the world—the project does exist. We’re taking Chance’s word for it: “It’s fire,” he promises.
Chance explained they’re real friends more than anything, which is why they refuse to rush the project. With Chance’s last album and third mixtape Coloring Book approaching its two-year anniversary, we’ve also still been waiting on new music from him too.
For now, we’ll continue to play the waiting game for both artists. Catch Gambino this September at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto for his tour with Rae Sremmurd.