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Fresh off his historic Grammy win and riding a wave of success, Chi-City’s favourite golden boy Chance the Rapper is having an amazing 2017. As the dust settles, he candidly talked to Complex for his third cover story about fatherhood, The Grammys and the follow-up to Coloring Book. Here are seven things that we learned about Lil Chano.
Chance the Rapper might sell his next album
The 23-year-old has never charged for his music. His trilogy of mixtapes: 10 Day, Acid Rap and Grammy-winning Coloring Book were all free to download. But he’s been considering selling music in the future so he can have his album chart.
“I kind of hate the fact that I can’t chart, really. I can chart, but the way they have the streaming shit set up is weak as fuck,” he said, explaining how stream-only albums are disadvantaged. “It’s like 1,500 or 1,700 streams is the equivalent to one (album sale), and that’s just that’s unfair. Nobody listens to their songs 1,700 times when they buy it—fuck outta here! So, it makes it hard. I can’t compete with other people. Not that the charts matter at all, but c’mon.”
Chance is the ‘world’s best dad’ because of his own father
Chance gave some love to his dad and has learned from his dedication, time management and truthful living to be the best father for his daughter, Kensli Bennett. He wants to be a good friend, role model and have a trusting relationship with Kensli. Bring out the Kleenex.
He didn’t expect to become a father at 22, but he loves it
“I think most people go into denial — if you’re a dude. It had a huge impact on what I was doing — I was touring a lot and I was trying to figure out where I was gonna go in the world,” he said. He cried in the delivery room during the birth of Kensli and felt pure happiness. “I had never experienced joy like that before…Delving into family life is so f–kin’ dope and so separate from any joy that you can receive being creative,” he said.
In between Acid Rap and Coloring Book, Chance filtered out his friend group
“I’ve fully figured out who’s in that inner circle,” he said. “My real good friends got filtered out in that in between period of Acid Rap and Coloring Book. All of my in between friends got lost somewhere in between.”
Chance used to be the most outgoing person at parties, now he would rather be the wallflower
In the music industry, he credits his extroverted personality to his success. But when he goes out with friends, he would rather chill with them than network and get numbers. “I’m not really trying to talk to nobody,” he said. “I’m kind of sitting in the corner or hanging with the group of people that I had just left another place with, so then why did I even come to the second party. I think it’s good that way, though.”
Chance wasn’t the brains behind the “bleached asshole” line in Kanye’s “Father Stretch My Hands”
While Chance helped Kanye write the song for The Life of Pablo, he gives credit to Ye for the track’s now-iconic line. He said Kanye is a comedian because his lines are “painfully funny and painfully true.”
Chance explained what he meant in “No Problem” when he said, “If one more label try to stop me”
When recording Coloring Book, record labels would push him out of headliner positions so that their artists could headline. He said certain songs didn’t get cleared. Chance has stepped on a lot of toes by warning other artists not to sign with certain labels because they’re not “good people.”
You can watch the full interview here. Check out his video for Same Drugs below.