Chance The Rapper Calls Music a "Dead Industry" & Says He May Never Sign Deal

The Chicago rapper wants to keep it independent.

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Chance The Rapper continues to break ground as an independent artist in 2013. He first released the critically-acclaimed mixtape Acid Rap, which opened up opportunities to work and tour with some of rap's biggest acts including Lil Wayne and Macklemore. Reports from earlier this year estimated the Chicago MC was fielding records deals that ranged between $5-$7 million. Whether that's false or not, it looks like Chance has a message for major labels out there: "No thank you."

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Chance The Rapper declares he has "no reason" to sign a record deal with a label. "The whole point of Acid Rap was just to ask people a question: does the music business side of this dictate what type of project this is? If it's all original music and it's got this much emotion around it and it connects this way with this many people, is it a mixtape?"

He continues, "What's an album these days, anyways? 'Cause I didn't sell it, does that mean it's not an official release? So I might not ever drop a for-sale project. Maybe I'll just make my money touring."

Chance The Rapper will be hitting the road later this month in the U.S. for his "Social Experiment" tour. 

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