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Interview: Chance The Rapper Talks Music, Festival and More with Billboard


Chance The Rapper covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine where he talks about his independent movement, kicking his drug habit and more. He also talks working with Kanye West on The Life of Pablo album and how it contributed to his last project Coloring Book. Take a look at some of the interview below and read the full cover story here.

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On Working with Kanye:

Chance wrote parts of five songs on West’s The Life of Pablo, observing how his idol (“I’m literally Kanye’s biggest fan”) rented out an entire studio and acted as ringmaster, simultaneously directing different rooms populated by writers, engineers, producers, seamstresses, even magicians. “I watched him knock out six, seven songs that way,” says Chance. “I stole that.” To finish Coloring Book, he rented out the Chicago studio and with his team slept there overnight on inflatable mattresses.

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On His Music:

It’s not about the music being free. It’s about how it is displayed and made accessible and about artistic power,” explains Chance. “It was always about the artist-to-fan relationship. I never really liked the idea of rap being a competitive thing. It’s not. I can’t gain anything off of anyone else not succeeding.