There’s a good chance that this isn’t the first time you’ve heard Chance the Rapper’s “They Say,” as he performed it back at the 2015 Austin City Limits festival. However, this is the first time we’re hearing the CDQ version of the track, which features Kaytranada’s unique style of production as well as some vibrant piano. A feel good track for sure, there really isn’t anything new to hear from Chance on this one other than one of the opening lines: “New album alert.”
So, could this be the first single from the follow up to Coloring Book, a modern masterpiece by all accounts that also was the first streaming only album to win a Grammy? Or did he just keep the same lyrics from when he first wrote and performed it, which was from the pre-Coloring Book era? Unfortunately my money is on the latter, though Chance has somewhat confirmed that there is another project coming, and this time an actual album he may sell. Perhaps “They Say” is just meant to hold fans over until the rollout for the next album actually starts, a strategy Chance has employed with songs like “Everyday Wonderful” and “Home Studio,” neither of which appear on any of his mixtapes.
While it’s a nice gesture towards the fans, “They Say” isn’t necessarily anything spectacular. Kaytranada’s contributions are very subtle, whereas something totally original like his song “Drives Me Crazy,” with fellow Save Money member Vic Mensa, could have been spectacular. Perhaps the one promising thing it does show signs of Chance moving away from the gospel sound he achieved on Coloring Book and returning to a more classic SOX sound for those clamoring for it. Stream the new track below and let us know what you think Chance is up to in the comments, and as always stay tuned to True Too for all your hip hop needs.
UPDATE: Turns out Kaytranada has in fact not finished the CDQ version, though this is still as close as we’ll get to one for now. Here is his tweet:
I still dont have the full version of the song but go ahead and rip it from the mix or something…
— KAYTRANADA (@KAYTRANADA) May 14, 2017