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The Chi-town native has definitely shown the world that he is an advocate for musical independence. He made a controversial statement once again that cost him some bad rep. During his 2017 Be Encouraged tour, Chance the Rapper dissed a few major labels with a visual behind him. The screen displayed parody logos of Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, Atlantic Records, and Def Jam Records, such as Can’t Do Math Entertainment and Don’t Join Recordings. Some people were not laughing at this joke.
Chance realized what he did and took his apology to Twitter. In a series of tweets, the rapper said, “I want to formally apologize to Dr. Dre, and all of Aftermath for publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music. When I went on the Be Encouraged tour I made LED content to satirize and degrade major labels. I made the mistake of including imprints which not only dulled my overall point of trying to uplift artist but also singled out artist-owned ventures that have only worked to progress the culture. Dre is a premier example of creating space for wealth and ownership in an industry designed for creatives to be the foot soldiers. His work with Beats, Compton Schools and artist like Kendrick, Game, Eminem, .Paak, 50 NWA and others is unmatched and how I inspire to be. I set out to empower and I completely missed the ball and I know that now. Once again sorry to Dre, all the artists/producers at Aftermath and all the other folk trying to make a difference in music that I belittled.”
Although it’s rare for Chance the Rapper to be in a bad light, he handled the situation well. Let’s just hope Dr. Dre and other labels accept his apology after that.
Meanwhile at Chance The Rapper’s tour… pic.twitter.com/VHbu1TclKI
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