On Friday, Chance The Rapper posted series of tweets detailing his relationship with Apple Music in an attempt to defend his status as an "independent artist."
The Chicago rapper claimed that Apple paid him for two weeks of exclusivity for his mixtape Coloring Book on their music streaming platform Apple Music. "That was the extent of my deal, after 2 weeks it was on SoundCloud for free," he wrote. "I needed the money and they're all good people over there."
"I just wanna remain transparent. Folks out there without a deal need to know they're doing everything right just keep at it," Chance wrote. Read all of his tweets below.
Not all independent artists have such a rosy perception of signing exclusivity deals with Apple Music. Last year, Anohni said she regretted selling her "Drone Bomb Video" to Apple Music.
"My being bought as a politically outspoken artist is a more potent advertising tool for Apple than a 100 more explicit ads," she said. "It creates the false aura for Apple of being cutting edge, of being artist advocates, of being innovative mavericks, of being environmentally friendly, of caring about people and communities, instead of being the McDonalds of consumer high tech whose wealth was largely pilfered from what was once a biodiverse music industry."