Chance, Wayne & 2 Chainz Make A Video That Even Skeptics Will Have No Problem Liking
Chance The Rapper has changed his career’s scenery quite a bit in the years between Acid Rap and this month’s Coloring Book. The Chicago, Illinois MC’s first single “Angels” stresses that he is still rolling with the same people he always was, but for fans of the fully-independent MC it was jarring to see him surround himself with Pop-savvy artists like Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, or Young Thug on an album so many had anticipated. However, one could argue that Weezy F. is just a big influence on C.T.R.’s music as any cult-lauded MC. Like Kendrick Lamar or Big K.R.I.T., Chance appears unaffected by fan’s perception of what he is, and who he ought to work with—from any angle.
“No Problem” advances one such high-profile Coloring Book collaboration. Chance links with “Duffle Bag Boy” co-creators 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne for a melodic single that seems to bark a few small threats, but really sounds more of like a “just let me live” sort of anthem. All three artists seem to enjoy the easygoing life on the sweet-sounding single. As each verse ends, there is that element of warning—that even though life is good, these guys have followings that will ride for them. Like Chance’s music historically has done, this is a sentiment that all listeners can likely relate to.
While Chance chides all the labels dangling offers in front of him, Wayne seemingly takes a jab at Cash Money Records, who he has been battling in a $51 million lawsuit since early 2015. What makes that increasingly curious, is that along with DJ Khaled, Boosie Badazz, and other cameos in the straightforward video, Young Thug appears. Folks may remember that Young Thug was implicated in an investigation tied to a shooting of Lil Wayne’s tour bus, with one of his affiliates arrested and sentenced for the crime. Moreover, Thugga—who was Wayne’s heir apparent in the eyes of Birdman, famously snatched the veteran’s album series to release Barter 6 (which did not even come out via Cash Money). Even as the New Orleans, Louisiana MC continues to fight CMR over his piece of the YMCMB pie, this video is an odd gesture of solidarity. Perhaps, “no problem” is a bigger message than the news headlines would lead many to believe.
Next week, Coloring Book—which made history by hitting the charts Sunday (May 22) as the first stream-only project on the Top 200—will be available on all major subscription streaming services.