On Friday afternoon (March 17), Chance the Rapper went on Twitter to clarify his relationship with Apple Music and his status as an independent artist, after questions surfaced regarding his acclaimed 2016 project Coloring Book.
"I never felt the need to correct folks on my relationship with @apple but now that more people have tried to discredit my independence, I wanna clear things up," he began in a series of tweets.
"@apple gave me half a mil and a commercial to post Coloring Book exclusively on applemusic for 2 weeks. That was the extent of my deal, after 2 weeks it was on SoundCloud for free. I needed the money and they're all good people over there. I feel like if I didn't clear it up people would keep trying to discredit all the work we did to make Coloring Book what it became. I think artist can gain a lot from the streaming wars as long as they remain in control of their own product."