Free music has been a hot topic with one of our favorite artists Chance the Rapper, and we loved this one in particular…Chance boasts this lyric in “Blessings” on his new mixtape Coloring Book.
“I don’t make songs for free,
I make ’em for freedom.”
You may be thinking this is America, of course he’s free, but it’s deeper than that.
Chance recently said in an interview that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement. This lyric vaguely references slavery and the struggle for freedom and can be read into by his mention of Harriet Tubman on his collaborative track with Kanye West, “Ultralight Beam.” This poignant lyric points to literal freedom as well as Chance’s strong feelings toward musical freedom.
Since Chance is passionate about producing music for free and does so purely on his own, he encourages musical freedom— freedom from record labels, contracts, and every other rule in the book. Chance told Rolling Stone that there is no reason to sign with a label because “it’s a dead industry.”The majority of Chance’s fan base are millennials, who come from the days of Limewire and are drowning in college debt. Chance understands this and ultimately wants to connect with his audience and for his music to resonate with them.
“The whole point of ‘Acid Rap’ was just to ask people a question-does the music business side of this dictate what type of project this is?”
-Chance The Rapper on his mixtape Acid Rap
“If it’s all original music and it’s got this much emotion around it and it connects this way with this many people, is it a mixtape? What’s an album these days, anyways? ‘Cause I didn’t sell it, does that mean it’s not an official release? So I might not ever drop a for-sale project. Maybe I’ll just make my money touring.”
Consider this lyric the ultimate blessing and recite for free, for yourself while streaming “Blessings” and the rest of the colorful host of hits below.