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False alarm. Despite Monday's news that a fresh Chance the Rapper project would supposedly be dropping later this week, that is apparently not going to happen after all.
Early Tuesday, literally moments after I finished my daily spin of Chance's "Ultralight Beam" verse, Chance hit fans with the bad news. "Sorry no album this week," he said, adding that he has been in the studio.
It's not currently clear the nature of the project that was briefly expected to drop this week. Was it the long-awaited Childish Gambino collab? The seven-track Kanye West experiment? Something else? Per Chance's previous comments, it sounded like a proper solo follow-up to Coloring Book.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune published Monday, Chance estimated that we'd be getting something new within days. "I got that feeling when people do something that has a new feel to it," he said. "I'm excited for everybody to get that."
Previously, during an in-depth interview with Peter Rosenberg on Complex's Open Late, Chance confirmed that aforementioned seven-track with Kanye was in the works and offered another batch of encouraging words about his Gambino collab. "We got six songs that are all fire," he said of the long-teased Gambino sessions. "But I think the album's gonna be more than 14 songs. I think it's gonna be a full thing." As for that Kanye seven-tracker, the two recently linked up in Wyoming to "casually" work on a pair of potential songs. Chance, however, is now hesitant to pin down a specific timeline. "That can hinder you," he told the Tribune Monday.