Chance The Rapper opts for charity to utilize an uncleared John Lennon sample
His song "Juice" couldn’t make it to his mixtapes due to sample clearance
Ahead of his next album coming in summer 2019, Chance The Rapper released two mixtapes, 10 Day and Acid Rap, available through all the usual streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, and Deezer. But as digitalmusic.com reports, the artist had to drop “Juice” from the Acid Rap tape, as it included uncleared samples from Donny Hathaway and John Lennon – it is Hathaway’s version of Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”, NME points out.
The only thing that could be included in that respect is a 30-second audio clip in which Chance explains what is going on: “Hey, so I really wanted “Juice” to be on the mixtape but I couldn’t get it cleared in time,” he says. “But, every time you play this track all the way through, all the streaming proceeds go directly to SocialWorks. So run this back and play it all the way through. Again, I really appreciate you guys being here since day one.” As Digital Music News points out, Chance “created SocialWorks in 2016. Based in Chicago, the non-profit organization helps local youth through arts, education, and civic engagement.”
Billboard adds that Lennon’s estate has “rarely…approved” the late Beatle’s catalog for sample clearances and Yoko Ono representatives have not responded yet.
Still, the official video for “Juice” is available, as is the one of Donny Hathaway singing the version of Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”.