February 13, 2019 2:30 pm

Chance the Rapper releasing debut album this summer

Chance The Rapper performs onstage on Sept. 29, 2018 at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York.

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It’s been nearly seven years since American rapper and producer Chancelor Bennett (best known as Chance the Rapper) dropped his debut mixtape 10 Day (2012).

Since its highly successful release, the 25-year-old’s music career has skyrocketed.

Bennett currently has three mixtapes under the Chance the Rapper name, as well as a number of singles and featured spots. Many fans, however, are still patiently awaiting the release of his debut album.

After years of silence, Bennett has finally teased a release date for the record. He wrote “July” in a simple tweet during last week’s Grammy Awards ceremony.

He followed up with “Owbum” — a phonetic play on album.

This was enough to have many of the rapper’s loyal followers bouncing off the walls with excitement.

Chance The Rapper performs onstage on Sept. 29, 2018 at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York.

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Bennett secretly dropped six individual songs in 2018; two of which came only in November — My Own Thing and The Man Who Has Everything.

They were left on both his SoundCloud account and official website before their existence was brought to the attention of the general public.

The singles are now available via all major streaming platforms.

Bennett’s last mixtape, Coloring Book, was released nearly three years ago. As of this writing, it is his most successful release and features a number of smash hits and fan favourites, including Angels and Summer Friends.

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The Cocoa Butter Kisses rapper further confirmed his tweets were referring to the release of his first album.

“This my first album,” he wrote the following morning, “so it’s [going to be] really good,”

Bennett revealed that he intended for the album to be for his dedicated and loyal fans. “I got real famous,” he continued, “so I had a lot of eyes on me [who] weren’t [actually] fans. They were just fans of what’s popular.”

“My first album is for my fans,” he concluded.

Bennett also promised that the album will be much different from the sounds of Coloring Book — a common trend with the rapper’s music.

Same Drugs, Summer Friends and Juke Jam are some the realest songs I’ve ever written,” he admitted.

“I’ll always be immensely proud of what I did with Coloring Book, you don’t have to defend [it] to me.”

“It happened and it made history, but I did it already,” he added. “The album won’t be Acid Rap either,” Bennett concluded, suggesting that the record will welcome a completely fresh approach.

Many longstanding fans aren’t sure what to expect from the sounds of Chance the Rapper this summer, however, they certainly seem confident in his abilities.

Chance The Rapper attends a news conference at City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in Chicago, Ill.

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As of this writing, Bennett has only two scheduled tour dates, none of which take place in Canada.

It is expected that he will announce a world tour to coincide with the release of the upcoming record.

Updates will be made on the official Chance the Rapper website.

Chance the Rapper summer 2019 festival appearances

July 6 — Dublin, Ireland @ Longitude Festival
July 11 — Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ Splash! Festival

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