Chance The Rapper may not have released a new album so far this week (it ain’t over yet folks) but he did share four new songs late Wednesday night, which have arrived on major streaming platforms, Chance's website and YouTube. The recently engaged rapper from Chicago had initially hoped to provide his fans with an album full of new material ahead of his hometown performance at the city’ Special Olympics this weekend, and he’s somewhat kept his promise with the new songs titled “I Might Need Security,” “Wala Cam” (feat. Supa Bwe & Forever Band), “Work Out” and “65th & Ingleside.”
The other news to come out of Wednesday’s late-night surprise release is that Chance is now the owner of the locally-based news media outlet, Chicagoist, which he proudly proclaims through his lyrics in “I Might Need Security.” The local media outlet had been in business since the mid-2000s but was forced into sale in 2017. According to Gothamist, Chance’s Social Media LLC purchased Chicagoist earlier this year from WNYC, who acquired it a year prior after owner/Billionaire Joe Ricketts sadly shut the company (and others) out of business following an employee vote to join the Writers Guild of America East, according to Chicago Tribute.
"I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment,” Chance said in a statement about his latest business venture. “WNYC’s commitment to finding homes for the -ist brands, including Chicagoist, was an essential part of continuing the legacy and integrity of the site. I look forward to re-launching it and bringing the people of Chicago an independent media outlet focused on amplifying diverse voices and content."
Chance didn’t detail whether or not he’ll be releasing more music this Friday, or even in the coming weeks, but seeing that these are really his first group new recordings since 2016’s Coloring Book, fans will surely be happy with these four new tunes for the time being. The new music sticks pretty close to Chance’s trademark style of bubbly and smooth hip-hop, while “65th & Ingleside” opens up with a beautiful sound of an organ, which any Sunday church service would be jealous of. The new songs can be heard in the audio-only videos above and below.