Chance the Rapper posted a surprise new Young Thug collaboration titled “Big B’s” on Friday, just hours after the rapper pledged that Soundcloud, which helped launch their career, is “here to stay” despite bleak rumors concerning its future.
The track opens with an verse from the Jeffery rapper prior to the Coloring Book MC who steps in to unleash a fiery verse where he raps, “I declare war on the beast for my God.”
“Big B’s” arrives on SoundCloud days after the service laid off roughly 40 percent of its workforce amid rumors that the site could be bankrupt within months, potentially endangering most of the music that has been packed onto SoundCloud.
Chance, who dropped his breakthrough mixtape Acid Rap on the service assured his Twitter followers this week, “I’m working in the SoundCloud thing.”
“@ an artist who you wouldn’t know if not for SoundCloud,” he tweeted, “Now link me to a song on SoundCloud that you swear you’re responsible for like at least a thousand plays.”
Chance the Rapper stated on Friday that he had “a very fruitful call with [SoundCloud CEO] Alex Ljung” and promised Soundcloud was “here to stay,” which SoundCloud reiterated with their own tweet, “Spread the word: your music isn’t going anywhere. Neither are we.”
“Big B’s” arrived as a SoundCloud exclusive six hours later.