Chance the Rapper Shares Thoughts on Independent Success

“EVERY ARTIST HAS ‘IT.’”

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During an appearance on Complex‘s Everyday Struggle, Chery, Apple Music’s head of artist curation, spoke with the hosts about Chance the Rapper‘s achievements as an artist and the difficulty up and coming artists have in trying to emulate Chance’s trajectory of career.

“Chance is an anomaly. He’s special.” Chery said. “But the success is misleading. Now you have all these other aspiring artists thinking you don’t need a label. Chance is special. He’s charismatic, he’s smart as hell. He’s just special.”

In response to Chery’s opinion, DJ Booth penned an article detailing the Chicago rapper’s unconventional wins as an independent artist. The editorial piece mirrors Chery’s remarks that Chance’s career path is an unrealistic model for aspiring musicians. Not long after the piece was published, Chano took to Twitter to shut down Chery and DJ Booth’s opinions, saying that it’s not impossible nor unrealistic for independent artists the same success as he has. This led to a back and forth between Chano and DJ Booth.

Read the debate below and let us know whether you think independent success is possible in 2018.

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