Chance the Rapper: Kanye West's Pablo inspired Coloring Book
Now, Chance has shared a peek into what working on a West record looks like from the inside. In a new cover story for Billboard, the Chicago emcee reveals that West rented out an entire studio for the project, shepherding rooms of writers, engineers, producers, seamstresses, and even magicians as he plotted its live fashion show debut at Madison Square Garden. It’s a method Chance says he borrowed for his own mixtape later that year.
“I watched him knock out six, seven songs that way,” he said. “I stole that.” While recording May’s Coloring Book, Chance says he rented out a Chicago studio and camped out with his team. They slept there overnight on inflatable mattresses.
Chance’s contribution to TLOP‘s “Ultralight Beam” was one of the most buzzed about verses from the collection. He also helped write and produce the song, as well as four others on the album: “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1,” “Famous,” “Feedback,” and “Waves.”
Both TLOP and Coloring Book debuted within the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, at Nos. 1 and 8, respectively. Both also broke records for streaming: TLOP was the first album to hit the top spot with over 50 percent of its units from streaming, and Coloring Book , which streamed for free, was the first to chart based solely on streams.
“It’s not about the music being free. It’s about how it is displayed and made accessible and about artistic power,” Chance told Billboard. “It was always about the artist-to-fan relationship.”