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Chance the Rapper Is Thinking About Selling His Next Album

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Chance The Rapper performs on Camp Stage during day one of Tyler, the Creator's 5th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Chance the Rapper‘s Coloring Book was notable for being the first streaming-only project to win a Grammy, taking the trophy for Best Rap Album. His next effort might not have that distinction. In an interview for Complex‘s next cover story, Chance addressed a recent interview where he said his next project would be an album. (The cleanly sequenced Coloring Book is designated as a mixtape, as with his previous releases.)

Citing his desire for chart success, Chance said that he might want to sell this album. “I kind of hate the fact that I can’t chart, really,” he said. “This is an idea,” he added, after noting he could “feel fans squirming in their chair.” Find his comments below:

In the interview you did with DJ Semtex, you talked about how your next project is going to be your first album, and that everything that’s preceded it was a mixtape. What is the distinction that you make between those two things?

Opening the scope. I think I might actually sell this album. That’s, like, a big step in itself. I kind of hate the fact that I can’t chart, really. I can chart, but the way they have the streaming shit set up is weak as fuck. It’s unfair. 1,500 streams is the equivalent to one [album sale], and that’s just that’s unfair. Nobody listens to their songs [1,500] times when they buy it—fuck outta here! So, it makes it hard. I can’t really compete with other people. Not that the charts matters at all, but like, come on. Anyways, I think having it for purchase would be dope. Also, this is all hypothetical. There is no album. I can feel fans squirming in their chair, like, “Oh shit, he’s changing!” This is an idea.

Coloring Book peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200, while album cuts “Blessings” and “No Problem” charted on the Hot 100.