Chance The Rapper reveals how much Apple paid him for Coloring Book

Chance The Rapper hosted his latest mixtape Coloring Book exclusively on Apple Music for two weeks

Chance The Rapper has revealed that Apple paid him $500,000 (£403,323) to make his latest mixtape, the triple Grammy Award-winning Coloring Book, an Apple Music exclusive.

In a string of tweets, the Chicago rapper revealed how much he’d received, as well as refuting claims that the deal with Apple threatened his independence as an artist.

I never felt the need to correct folks on my relationship with @apple but now that more people have tried to discredit my independence..

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

I wanna clear things up. @apple gave me half a mil and a commercial to post Coloring Book exclusively on applemusic for 2 weeks https://t.co/dMWwptrHHH

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

“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 wrote over multiple tweets. “Apple gave me half a mil and a commercial to post Coloring Book exclusively on Apple Music for two weeks.”

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Some fans challenged him, with one writing: “No offence bro, but the point still stands, [Coloring Book] isn’t indie if the biggest corp in the world paid for distribution rights.”

Others defended him. “You got a child, you don’t have tell anything, you work hard and shared your work with us, you did your part,” wrote another, while a third pointed out that it was an achievement for an independent artist to attract Apple’s attention in the first place: “People are discrediting you for pulling an amazing deal AS AN INDIE? Success doesn’t mean selling out.”

Chance continued his explanation, writing that after the two-week exclusivity period, the mixtape was available for free. He also said that an opportunity to work with “good people” shouldn’t be passed up.

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 https://t.co/5kIhv0YaKS

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

I feel like if I didnt clear it up people would keep trying to discredit all the work we did to make Coloring Book what it became https://t.co/05v81I38ur

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

I think artist can gain a lot from the streaming wars as long as they remain in control of their own product. https://t.co/6agVO3uIdf

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

I just wanna remain transparent. Folks out there without a deal need to know they’re doing everything right just keep at it. https://t.co/5udstMPX62

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

If you come across oprtunities to work with good people, pick up cash and keep your integrity I say Do It https://t.co/yF0gBPkLhY

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

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