Chance the Rapper has issued a formal apology to Dr. Dre and Aftermath Entertainment for degrading them during his “Be Encouraged Tour.”
In April, Chance launched the trek, performing “No Problem” while record label logos appeared behind him. As part of this, he changed label names into unflattering titles, shifting Aftermath Entertainment, for instance, into Can’t Do Math Entertainment. Taking to Twitter, Chano apologized for this transgression.
“I want to formally apologize to Dr Dre, and all of Aftermath for publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music,” he wrote. “When I went on the Be Encouraged tour I made LED content to satirize and degrade major labels. I made the mistake of including Imprints which not only dulled my overall point of trying to uplift artist…But also singled out artist-owned ventures that have only worked to progress the culture.”
Furthermore, Chance said that Dr. Dre has been a valuable part of the industry, making a difference along the way. “Dre is a premier example of creating space for wealth and ownership in an industry designed for creatives to be the foot soldiers,” he added. “His work with Beats, Compton Schools and artist like Kendrick, Game, Eminem, .Paak, 50 NWA and others is unmatched and how i inspire to be. I set out to empower and I completely missed the ball and I know that now, once again Sorry to Dre, all the artists/producers at Aftermath and all the other folk trying to make a difference in music that I belittled.”
The “Be Encouraged Tour” is currently on a brief hiatus. The run picks back up July 2 in New Orleans and then continues with sporadic dates through Oct. 13 in Austin.