Chance The Rapper set himself apart from the pack with his critically acclaimed mixtape, Acid Rap. With many ranking the project as one of the best pieces of music this year, it’s no surprise that it hit number 63 on the Billboard charts. The only problem is that no one from the Chicago native’s camp authorized the project to be sold.
Billboard reports that some opportunist decided to capitalize on the independent releases success by selling it on iTunes and Amazon — the tape can still be purchased on the latter. It ended up moving 1,000 units in the week ending July 7 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Sales were made without the consent of Chance, who has not been compensated with any portion of the profits. Unfortunately, the rising lyricist isn’t protected by the RIAA because he is an independent artist.
A company “Mtc” is said to be responsible. The rapper’s manager Pat Corcoran and lawyers are fighting to get it taken down.
Acid Rap was premiered via Chance the Rapper’s website August 30. Read the full story on Billboard.