Chance The Rapper Clowns Major Labels On Stage
We all know Chance The Rapper is no fan of labels, but on the first night of his “Be Encouraged” Tour, the artist made sure the labels knew too. During the San Diego, Calif., stop this past Monday (April 24), the indie rapper made a bold statement on stage.
As Chance performed “No Problem” a series of images were thrown up onto the screen depicting a number of famous, gigantic record labels logos, but each was given a different twist. Def Jam Records, became “Don’t Join Records.” Atlantic became “Titanic.” Aftermath Entertainment became “Can’t Do Math Entertainment.” Sony became “Phony.” And so on.
All this while tauntingly showing off the three Grammys he won this year for Best New Artist, Best New Album for Coloring Book and Best Performance for “No Problem,” which featured his buddies 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne. Those are three awards Chance wouldn’t have been able to win if the Recording Academy hadn’t changed its rules to allow streaming-only titles to be counted for nomination. Previously, artists would have had to put their work up for sale, which is something the Chicago musician has never felt compelled to do.