Chance The Rapper released four new songs last night, “I Might Need Security,” “Work Out,” “Wala Cam [feat. Supa Bwe & Forever Band]” and “65th & Ingleside” as a surprise last night. In “I Might Need Security” he proclaims “I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist bitches out of business” a local newspaper that had been killed by Chicago Cubs owner & TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts because they wanted to unionize and he is a vindictive asshole, but then was brought back in partnership with WYNC alongside its sister site Gothamist. He says this is to “focus on amplifying diverse voices and content,” but we also hope it will remain an independent source of good journalism for the city. He is definitely better than the Ricketts and has deep pockets to deal with the highs and lows of modern media.
The new music is the first solo release from Chance since he worked with Jeremik on 2017’s Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama:Re-Wrapped. He has been hinting at new projects, including one with Kanye West, but this is the first concrete musical word from him about those songs.
His move to buy the Chicagoist is laudable after it was shut down while still reportedly profitable after the workers in its network voted to unionize. He also deleted the site from the web as a real fuck you to the writers, which would hurt their chances of further employment.
"I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment,” said Chance The Rapper in a statement via Gothamist. “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."
We hope he can remain an independent owner and allow them to be critical of all voices when necessary, even him and his coworkers. Chance got caught up in a slight controversy that only really made waves among music journalists after it was revealed he and his team got a critical review of one of one of his concerts removed from MTV, saying that the article was “offensive” according to Spin. They threatened to cut off their relationship with the channel as a result. Chicagoist isn’t a music website – it is a local news publication devoted to what is happening in the city, so this fear may be a bit unfounded, but if one of his initiatives goes bust or if there is any illegal activity associated with something he is working on, will they be critical? That is a question one must ask of any publication, especially with someone who is a celebrity.