After spending a number of tour dates tossing some serious shade at record labels, Chance the Rapper has started to walk back some of those comments.
Speaking directly to Dr. Dre and his imprint Aftermath, Chance has apologized for “publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music.” On his tour he has satirized Aftermath as “Can’t Do Math.”
I want to formally apologize to Dr Dre, and all of Aftermath for publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) June 22, 2017
In the series of tweets Chance discussed some of the issues that have arisen from his visuals on the Be Encouraged tour. Chano says that the “LED content” was intended to throw shade at major labels, but it also made jabs at the Dre-helmed Aftermath. While it’s true that Aftermath is an imprint of Interscope, and that Dre himself is signed by them, Dre also has used his power to pull rappers such as Eminem and 50 Cent into the spotlight.
Chance acknowledged that what Dre did with his career was incredible — letting artists take control of their own destinies. Chano stated that Dre was, “a premier example of creating space for wealth and ownership in an industry designed for creatives to be the foot soldiers.”
Chance recently won a Grammy for a project that was not released commercially (Coloring Book), and has proved himself a young revolutionary.
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