Notes from Noah: Why Chance the Rapper is Important


Noah Smith, Opinion Editor

Chance the Rapper is currently one of the most polarizing figures in the entire music industry. Most of this springs less from his actual music and more from the fact that he does not sell any of his music. Absolutely none of it. He has only released his hit “Coloring Book” on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, but he has two full albums that are only available on services like Soundcloud, which has the philosophy of being completely free and open to anyone to publish their music.

Due to his refusal to sell his albums, he has been essentially ignored by the Grammys, as their policy for nomination necessitates that the artist sell their music. Chance has spoken out on this, possibly most famously with his line from Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” where he states “Let’s do a good job with Chance 3 (renamed Coloring Book)/I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy”, and continues to focus on making his music free for everyone.

Overall, Chance is a revolutionary artist of the time due to his intense dedication for his fans. And he also makes some pretty good music.