When you mix two of Chicago’s Grammy nominated artists into a project that blends one of the rapper’s lyrics and the other’s beats, there’s bound to be something special. As a tribute to Chance the Rapper’s 7 Grammy nominations, Chance the Dropout emerges as a 23-track blended mixtape featuring Chano’s vocals over classical Kanye West productions. The project was produced by DJ Critical Hype and DJ Clyde.
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Chance’s motto deriving from his Coloring Book song “Blessings”, “I don’t make songs for free, I make them for freedom,” was supported by a petition to allow streaming-only music to be considered for Grammy nomination. The 23-year-old-rapper who still refuses to make a record deal is making Grammy nominated history.
The first song on Chance the Dropout mixes Chance’s “Prom Night” and Kanye West’s “Never Let Me Down”. It starts with a recorded quote from Chance describing his influence as an emcee comes from Kanye’s high pitched samples.
The fifth song on the mixtape has a quote at the end of the track from Chance describing his influence from Lil Wayne as an artist:
“It’s the biggest accomplishment I made today because Lil Wayne is probably the biggest reason I’m here right now rapping, and doing what I do, I am a huge Wayne fan, till forever”
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As quoted from the Kanye Prodigy himself on “Ultralight Beam,” Chance raps:
“I met Kanye West, I’m never going to fail/He said let’s do a good ass job with Chance three/I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy/Let’s make it so free and the bars so hard/That there ain’t one gosh darn part you can’t tweet.”
Looks like he’s making his quotes a reality. Streaming-only music will now be eligible for the Grammy Awards for the first time in the awards’ history, according to a press release from the Recording Academy on rule amendments for next year’s 59th Grammy Awards.
The new guidelines open up the nominating field to “streaming-only” music that exists only on services with “paid subscription, full catalogue, [and] on-demand/limited download platforms.”
This means that free mixtapes, Soundcloud albums, and similarly unpaid music will remain ineligible for nomination at this time.
The normal eligibility restrictions for music released between October 5, 2015, and September 30, 2016, will still apply.