Chance the Rapper Credit: Facebook/Chance the Rapper
 Chance the Rapper Credit: Facebook/Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper Credit: Facebook/Chance the Rapper

In a virtual world where streaming services charge monthly fees for access to commercial music, mixtapes are usually a breath of fresh air. They give consumers the opportunity to listen to great quality music without the worry of affordability, piracy, or illegal downloading. Let’s face it; some of our favorite songs are featured on mixtapes. Unfortunately though, acknowledgment within our inner circles may be as far as they get, in regards to artist receiving credit for that type of work. Chance the Rapper, well known in the mixtape world, is in the process of trying to change that.

He said let’s do a good ass job with Chance 3, I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy,” Chance is heard rapping on his verse off of Kanye‘s “Ultralight Beams.” This particular line addresses the requirement that a project is only eligible to receive a Grammy nomination if it is “commercially released in general distribution in the United States,” as stated on Grammy.org. Though Chance’s lyrics were enough to start the discussion, one of his fans has since taken action to update the outdated regulations of the Recording Academy via a petition on Change.com, and it seems like Chance is on board.

The petition, started by Max Krasowitz asks that talented artists not be punished for their release of free music, but rather recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences through the eligibility of Grammy nominations. A link to the petition, which has already gained the support of more than 24,000 people, has since been posted by Chance the Rapper on his Twitter page, which we imagine, will increase the numbers way beyond its goal of 25,000 signatures.

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Written By: Sweenie Saint-Vil

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