The entire Chance The Rapper interview with Zane Lowe is now available.
Chance The Rapper sat down for an hour-long interview with Beats 1 to talk about his new album Coloring Book. In the talk he shares how Gospel music wound up being the driving force behind the album and what he thinks God means to his generation and the one coming in behind him. Yes, it got deep.
He also spoke on the influence he had on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo and how people misunderstood his statements saying that Pablo was going to be a “gospel album.” He says that a couple of years ago he was genuinely bumping Kirk Franklin, Byron Cage and Fred Hammond regularly, so naturally, it made it into the music.
He also cleared up what he was saying on “No Problem” when he rapped, “If one more label try to stop me, It’s gon’ be some dreadhead n*ggas in ya lobby.” He says that most of his friends are signed to record labels and that companies like Universal Records sometimes impose their will by keeping certain artists from appearing on his projects since he gives them away for free. Chance alluded to this in a Reddit AMA session where he said “they” blocked Big Sean from appearing on Coloring Book.
Chance also alluded to Coloring Book being his final [free] mixtape, although he is open to making collaborative mixtapes with Jay Electronica. He goes on to admit that he is Jay’s biggest fan, and it willing to fight for that distinction.
The interview has a lot to pull from, including Chance playing the original version of Kanye’s “Waves.” Take a moment and listen.