Chance the Rapper drops surprise new song on 'struggling' SoundCloud

17th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

Chance the Rapper shared a surprise new song, featuring Young Thug, on SoundCloud on Friday (14Jul17).

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The Grammy Award-winning rapper, whose hits include No Problem and Famous, surprised fans when he dropped new track Big B's on the troubled music streaming service.

The 24-year-old songwriter, who started his career by releasing music on SoundCloud, was shocked when earlier this week (beg10Jul17) it was leaked that the company had to let go of almost half of its staff and only had enough funding to keep afloat until the end of the year.

He was quick to take to Twitter to raise his concerns.

"I'm working on the SoundCloud thing," he cryptically posted before writing later that day: "Just had a very fruitful call with (SoundCloud founder) Alex Ljung. @SoundCloud is here to stay."

And to back this up, the next day he shared the new Young Thug track.

The rapper, real name Chancellor Bennett, has since retweeted a string of fans comments relating to his new music on the streaming site.

According to Bloomberg, the decision to cut staff was made in the hope that streamlining the company would enable SoundCloud to compete with rival streaming services Spotify and Apple Music.

In addition to the staff cuts, it is expect that offices in San Francisco and London will be closed with only the New York and Berlin headquarters remaining.

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