Chicago native Chance The Rapper’s recently released mixtape Colouring Book is already being called one of the best rap albums of year… So why is it not eligible for the Grammy’s?
Chance’s decision to release the album for free (it is now streaming on Apple Music) goes against official Grammy eligibility requirements, that state that a recording “must be commercially released in general distribution in the United States.” In other words, unless an album is for sale, it doesn’t qualify.
Think that artists should not be penalized for making their works available for free? You are not alone. Over 30,000 people have signed a petition to make free music eligible for the Grammy’s.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) May 8, 2016
Petition founder Max Kraoswitz had the following to say:
“It’s obvious that these artists are making their music more accessible to people who deserve it even if they can’t afford it, as well as decreasing pirating and illegally downloading music. Not all artists should be forced to release their music for free, but the ones who do should not be punished for doing so.”
Do you think this will discourage other artists from releasing their music for free? Let us know in the comments below.