December 7, 2016 03:57 pm
Chance the Rapper is the most talented rapper of his generation and a pioneer in the music industry. His latest album, “Coloring Book,” released in May, is one of the the year’s best-reviewed albums. It’s the first streaming-only album to chart on Billboard’s ranking.
This year, the Grammys made streaming-only albums available for awards consideration for the first time. Chance, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, made history again as “Coloring Book” received several nominations, including one for Best Rap Album. It’s the first streaming-only album to be nominated in any category.
Miraculously, Chance has done all of this without a label supporting him. He’s turned down record deals from numerous labels, and depends on word-of-mouth and his Soundcloud account for distribution.
He formally kicked off his career with the song “Windows.” It got him some attention in Chicago’s hip hop scene, and Chance spent another eight months tinkering with the rest of the album.
His first album — “10 Day” — gave Chance a cult following. The album was released in 2012 got over 400,000 downloads on the music-sharing site DatPiff and got Chance a cult following.
It’s called “10 Day” because he wrote it during a 10-day suspension from high school.
Source: Business Insider