Chance The Rapper Announces That He’s Working on a Proper Debut Album

Chance The Rapper just capped off his best year yet with the news every Chance The Rapper fan has been dying to hear. The Chicago star’s proper debut album is in its production stage.

During an interview with BBC Radio’s DJ Semtex, Chance revealed that the project he’s currently working on “feels different,” and that he’d like to differentiate it from his previous work, like Acid Rap and Coloring Book, which have been “mistaken for albums,” according to Chance himself. Here’s his full response to Semtex’s question of, “What’s next?”

I don’t know. I’ll probably put out an album. That’s what I’ve been thinking about. Just between us, I don’t know exactly the format every time I’m making something, but sometimes I have an idea. And I think what I’m working on right now is an album. But I think it’s also in two parts. I think when I’m making music and I’m writing it because I want you to listen to it in the car, but I’m also thinking about the day that we finally meet, and I get to play it for you in front of a bunch of people and we all get to sing along. And, in part, I want to make an album, but I want to make it…you know…my mixtapes have been confused for albums for a long time, so it has to be something different. So, something that you can consider an album. It might not be physical, it might not be a disc or something. But an album that comes with its own live show, that’s important.

It’s not surprising that Chance feels that his mixtapes have been wrongly categorized. Acid Rap made such a thorough impact that on the strength of that mixtape alone, Chance found himself on world tours with Eminem and Macklemore just months after its release. This year, Coloring Book, deemed a mixtape by Chance and Apple Music, the platform on which it premiered, debuted on the Billboard 200 and appeared to help along the changing of a major Grammy rule. Before you knew it, Chance was hosting his own festival at the Chicago White Sox’s stadium. Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne and John Legend performed.

It’s the perfect time for this tidbit to raise the spirit of Chance’s fan base, considering this morning’s disappointing news. For undisclosed reasons, Chance cancelled the European leg of his Magnificent Coloring World Tour, which played a show last night in London. As of the time of this writing, he still hadn’t addressed the major cancellation, but he might have hinted at the reason during his previous interview with BBC earlier this week. Once news of Kanye’s hospitalization had gone viral, Chance had this message for his mentor on BBC Radio on Tuesday, “I want to just extend this prayer and this love from all the way in Britain. We might come home early to see this man. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Watch his full interview with DJ Semtex above.

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