21-year-old Chancelor Bennett (a.k.a. Chance the Rapper) could have signed with any number of major labels after dropping his Acid Rap mixtape back in 2013. Instead, the Chicago native decided to forgo labels entirely and moved to Los Angeles to make music with a group of friends in the band the Social Experiment. The message here is that, given the talent, you don’t need a label at all—indie or otherwise. While it remains to be seen just how Chance chooses to release his official debut, it’s his music—not his platform—matters.