According to the Chicago Tribune, Chance’s new album is only a few days away, right in time for his Special Olympics performance on July 21.
The rapper expressed his excitement for the new project and sharing it with fans in the interview: “I got that feeling when people do something that has a new feel to it. I’m excited for everybody to get that. It’s going to come out just in time for the Special Olympics.”
Chance didn’t mention how he would be releasing the music but did touch on why he doesn’t limit his options. “I’ve never been against selling music,” he says. “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. On the other side, it’s not really difficult for me to make music and deliver it to the fans, because there are so many more platforms now, a bunch of streaming sites. 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.”
Chance is also working on a project with Kanye but a release date hasn’t been slated yet. Kanye will be joining Chance in Chicago soon to continue to put the project together. “I don’t know of a timeline on it yet, the trajectory of it, but he’s coming here 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,” Chance explained.
Chance is gearing up for his performance at the Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday (July 21) alongside Usher, Smokey Robinson and more.
“I haven’t done as much work as possible with the intellectual and physical disabilities community,” he said. “But overall we’ve been about access, just trying to make sure everyone is given their chance at greatness. And greatness isn’t something segregated. When I looked into the history of the Special Olympics, that it started here 50 years ago and how many (Special Olympics) athletes we have in Chicago — 7,000 — I felt we should be a part of it.”