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Chance the Rapper's first two mixtapes are now available on streaming services

KC Orcutt

 // Jun 28, 2019

Chance the Rapper // Instagram

Chance the Rapper and his fans are celebrating a full circle moment.

While the Chicago native has since emerged as a household name, his career's foundation is built on humble beginnings where he'd release his mixtapes independently on sites such as Datpiff, LiveMixtapes and SoundCloud. On Friday morning (June 28), the rapper officially made his first two mixtapes, 2012's 10 Day and 2013's Acid Rap, available on all streaming platforms.

The two mixtapes are now certifiably classic, at least as far as his core base is concerned. They were first released on SoundCloud and are now available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL and other streaming services.

Chance is no stranger to finding success with a digital strategy surrounding the era of streaming. In 2016, Apple paid him $500,000 for a two-week exclusive of Coloring Book. The album went on to become the first streaming-only albums to hit the Billboard 200 chart. The next year, when streaming-only albums became eligible to win at the Grammys, Coloring Book went on to win Best Rap Album. He also won in the categories Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for the song "No Problem."

In addition to allowing the early mixtapes to join the rest of his catalog on major streaming platforms, the mixtapes are also available on vinyl via Chance's website. The site also includes the option to pre-order his debut album, as well as access to a pre-sale for tickets to his upcoming world tour.

In the past, Chance the Rapper has been vocal about wanting to support platforms that support independent artists, and was even once credited for "saving" SoundCloud.

"It's not about the music being free," he said in a 2016 interview with Billboard, "it was always about the artist-to-fan relationship."

While the rapper may be several strategic moves away from where his reputation once lived, he certainly is listening to fans and keeping them happy by making his catalog more widely available.

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