Chance the Rapper has had a change of heart about mocking rap record labels during his concerts, and took to Twitter for a series of tweets to apologize to Dr. Dre for “satirizing the N.W.A. co-founder’s label.
During his Be Encouraged tour, Chance slammed certain rap labels via LED light displays, depicting Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment as “Can’t Do Math Entertainment,” while mocking Def Jam as “Don’t Join Records”, Atlantic Records as “A Titanic Records” and Epic as “Eclick,” as recorded by posterity via social media during one of his shows.
After the fact, Chance is apparently now regretful of poking fun at the labels, and issued a series of heartfelt tweets on Thursday, declaring he wants to “formally apologize to Dr. Dre, and all of Aftermath for publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music.”
He explains that he created the LED content to “satirize and degrade major labels,” but admits he made a mistake by singling out “artist-owned ventures that have only worked to progress the culture.”
Dre, he insists, is “a premier example of creating existing space for wealth and ownership in an industry designed for creatives to be the foot soldiers,” adding that Dre’s work with Beats, Compton Schools and artist like Kendrick, Game, Eminem, .Paak, 50 NWA and others is unmatched and how i inspire to be.”
Adds Chance: “I set out to empower and I completely missed the ball.”
Dr. Dre has yet to respond to Chance’s apology.