“I kind of hate the fact that I can’t chart, really,” the rapper admits.
Though he built his reputation on free-to-download releases like Acid Rap and Coloring Book, Chance The Rapper says in a new interview that he might actually sell his next album.
The rapper discussed it in a profile on Complex where he explained that without offering his albums to purchase, he relies solely on streaming data to chart, making it much harder to do so.
“1,500 streams is the equivalent to one [album sale], and that’s just that’s unfair,” he said. “Nobody listens to their songs [1,500] times when they buy it—fuck outta here!”
He’s quick to point out, however, that “There is no album” and these are just hypothetical ideas about something in its earliest stage.
Despite their tremendous success, Chance has considered all his previous releases mixtapes, which are traditionally free. He sees the follow-up to Coloring Book as his first proper album.
“I think whatever this album is, it wouldn’t be so centered. Acid Rap and 10 Day and Coloring Book was like a trilogy in itself. One aesthetic, one goal”, he says. “Whatever my next thing is, it’ll be a bit bigger.”