Chance The Rapper Apologizes to Dr. Dre for Dissing Aftermath
A little while back, Chance The Rapper used a few of his tour dates to throw some serious shade at record labels. Today (June 22), he hopped on Twitter to issue an apology to Dr. Dre, whose Aftermath Entertainment label he satirized (calling it Can’t Do Math Entertainment) during his shows a couple of months ago.
"I want to formally apologize to Dr Dre, and all of Aftermath for publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music," Chano wrote in his opening tweet on the matter. "When I went on the Be Encouraged tour I made LED content to satirize and degrade major labels. 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," he continued in what would be an eight-tweet PSA.
Chano believes major record labels try to cheat artists out of their money, hence his disses toward the Aftermath imprint. Dre is one of hip-hop's wealthiest men, and Aftermath is one of the biggest imprints in the major label system, but by founding his own record label in 1996 and introducing the world to rappers like Eminem and 50 Cent, Dre has more than made his mark in terms of showing rappers how they can take control of their own destiny—which is ostensibly what Chano's all about.
By winning Grammy Awards for a project (Coloring Book) that wasn't even for sale, Chano proved himself a revolutionary, bucking industry trends on his way to superstardom. That doesn't mean he's against paying homage to those who came before him, and that's presumably why he's issued this apology to the West Coast icon.
Speaking of Dre, however, brings to mind the questionable status of Aftermath. In 2014, Dre joined Apple along with Jimmy Iovine, who stepped down as the head of Interscope to work at the tech behemoth. Ever since, Apple Music has blurred the line between record label and streaming platform, securing exclusive deals with Dr. Dre, Future, Frank Ocean and Chance The Rapper himself, along with others. If Dr. Dre no longer works for Interscope, then what, exactly, is the status of Aftermath, which still harbors superstars like Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, two artists Dre brought into the game? Once their contracts with Aftermath are up, will they renew or find a way into the Apple system via their mentor? Only time will tell.
See an example of Chano dissing major record labels in the video just below. Check out what else Chano's got to say on the matter in our gallery beneath that. Chance also announced a new song he's dedicated to DJ Khaled's son. See the tweet containing that revelation beneath the Instagram video.
Chance The Rapper Apologizes to Dr. Dre for Dissing His Aftermath Imprint