It's fair to speculate that Chance The Rapper has had nearly every major label at his doorstep with hopes of signing the talented 20-year-old MC. You can Include Top Dawg Entertainment to that list as well.
In an interview with Al Lindstrom, TDE president Terrence "Punch" Henderson explains the label showed an interest in signing the Chicago rapper. "I believe Dave [Free] was talking to Chance and having conversations," he says. "I know [Chance] and Ab-Soul have a good relationship. But it was just talks." Ab-Soul did collaborate on the standout cut "Smoke Again" off of Chance's Acid Rap mixtape earlier this year, which is where their relationship started off.
Just a few days ago Chance spoke with Rolling Stone and noted that he doesn't plan on signing to a label, calling the music business a "dead industry." Still, that doesn't mean we can't dream about a Black Hippy/Chance collaboration in the near future. TDE recently signed Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad, who looks to be a impressive pick-up for the label. Check out his latest single "I Shot You Down" if you haven't already.
Watch the full clip above, where Punch also talks about the project Unit 6 between Ab-Soul and JMSN, and how he feels about Kendrick Lamar's "King of New York" line on "Control."