Chance The Rapper Discusses Jay Z’s Tidal & The Baltimore Uprising


(AllHipHop News) Chicago based performer Chance The Rapper gave a lecture at Harvard University’s Hip Hop Archive & Research Institute last week. Fader picked up some of The Social Experiment member’s quotes from the event.

Chance talked about a variety of topics including the controversial Tidal streaming service purchased by Jay Z and other superstar entertainers. He also spoke about the uprising in Baltimore following the killing of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

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On Tidal and other streaming services:

So the Tidal formula is awesome if it actually works out. It’s a direct fan-to-artist or fan-to-supplier type of connection, but it’s not really working that way yet. Everybody that was on the stage was like signed to a label and sh*t. At the end of the day, all these streaming services are whack as f*ck.

On the situation in Baltimore:

I think it’s really most important for everybody to be informed, to be connected to the situation. I always say like there’s an act—when to be a hand or to be a voice. You gotta know when your Twitter is stronger or your body actually marches. Sometimes it’s either/or, you know? But I don’t want to dance around saying this s### is wrong. I think we all know that. It’s very hard to watch it happening on a loop.”

Read more of Chance The Rapper’s quotes from his lecture at Harvard by visiting Fader.

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