The Chicago star had previously prided himself on giving away mixtapes for free

By Christian Holub
March 13, 2017 at 01:38 PM EDT
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In the wake of his Grammy wins, Chance the Rapper’s mixtape days might officially be behind him. In a new interview with Complex, the Chicago MC says that though his next project is still in the early phases of development, it will probably be an “album,” in direct contrast to his previous trio of mixtapes.

“I think I might actually sell this album,” Chance told Complex. “That’s, like, a big step in itself. I kind of hate the fact that I can’t chart, really. I can chart, but the way they have the streaming s— set up is weak as f—. It’s unfair. 1,500 streams is the equivalent to one [album sale], and that’s unfair. Nobody listens to their songs [1,500] times when they buy it — f— outta here! So, it makes it hard. I can’t really compete with other people. Not that the charts matters at all, but like, come on. Anyways, I think having it for purchase would be dope. Also, this is all hypothetical. There is no album. I can feel fans squirming in their chair, like, ‘Oh s—, he’s changing!’ This is an idea.”

Chance had previously prided himself on giving away his mixtapes for free, though that has sometimes been a minor misnomer: His latest project, Coloring Book, initially debuted exclusively on Apple Music, which requires a $10/month subscription to listen. But money aside, Chance also hinted that his next album will have a different feel than his breakthrough mixtapes like Coloring Book and Acid Rap.

“I want to make something that’s got a wider scope,” Chance said. “10 Day was all about getting suspended. Acid Rap was a lot about acid. Coloring Book was a lot about being a father and God. 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. Whatever my next thing is, it’ll be a bit bigger. Like, maybe there’ll be some type of visual component to it. Like it’ll be a movie, or it’ll be a play, or some type of tour.”

Read the full interview — which also includes Chance talking about children and his friendship with Kanye West — here.

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