Update: On Tuesday (July 17), Chance the Rapper announced on Twitter that his album will no longer drop this week.
Chance the Rapper smashed records with the release his Grammy-winning debut album, 2016’s Coloring Book. The Chicago artist, it would seem, is ready for his next release.
In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, Chance said his sophomore album would drop in a matter days. “I got that feeling when people do something that has a new feel to it,” he said the new LP. “I’m excited for everybody to get that. It’s going to come out just in time for the Special Olympics.”
As previously reported, Chance will headline a concert this Saturday (July 21) in his hometown to celebrate the 50th anniversary the Special Olympics. So, a surprise release this Friday (if not before) wouldn’t be out the question.
The hip-hop star and activist (real name Chancellor Bennett) recently revealed that he’s working on projects with Kanye West and Childish Gambino, though the Tribune report doesn’t drill into any detail on the forthcoming album or its lineup guests.
As for his unnamed effort with Kanye, Chance discussed their music-making experience in Wyoming. “We’re up in the mountains around these wild animals -- it’s very different out there -- and we got some music done, and then he asked me if he could do an album with me,” Chance explained. “I don’t know a timeline on it yet, the trajectory it, but he’s coming here to work on it some more. We’ve just started making it, but I don’t want to manipulate the situation and impose any time frame, because that can hinder you.”
Chance also had this to say about Kanye in an interview last week with Complex's Open Late host, Peter Rosenberg. "Working under him, working with him on his albums is crazy, but having him tell me that he wants to produce my album and come to Chicago is like...This month, we're working in Chicago.”
On its release, Coloring Book became the first streaming-only album to reach the top 10 the Billboard 200. The set debuted and peaked at No. 8 back in June 2016, with 57.3 million streams.
Timing is everything. With a new album ready to drop, Chance’s Coloring Book relinquishes its record for the highest-charting streaming-only set to Future’s Beastmode 2, which starts at No. 3 on the July 21-dated chart with 73.5 million on-demand audio streams.