Several of Anita Baker’s iconic albums have been re-mastered thanks in part to Chance the Rapper. Manager Kim Burrell has confirmed to Billboard that she is working with Chance on a project to recover the music of Baker, who died in April at the age of 59 from pancreatic cancer following a long struggle.
Baker Was Born In Toledo
Rapture (1986) and Compositions (1989) were two earlier Elektra Records albums by Burrell, and she was astonished when Baker produced an album in 1994 that didn’t feature any of the songs from those albums (1987).
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Chance the Rapper has been thanked by Anita Baker for his contributions to the music industry.
On the 26th of January 1950, Baker was born in Toledo. The New Hope Baptist Church in Toledo’s Old West End area was where she learned to sing gospel music alongside her mother, grandmother, and other family members.
As a young child, Baker began singing in church choirs, and when she was 16 years old, she moved to Detroit to attend the University of Michigan’s School of Music.
The first album The Songstress was released on Elektra Records and sold millions of copies throughout the world in 1987. According to a new interview with Baker in the Hollywood Reporter, Chance assisted her in regaining custody of her masters after they were at risk of being lost forever in bankruptcy procedures.
For Chance, “Anita is one of my favorite musicians, and I am so glad that she has been able to get back into the studio,” he wrote in a statement for The Hollywood Reporter.
The Grammy-winning soul singer was distraught to learn that her home in Los Angeles had been burglarized and that the original tapes had been stolen.
Anita Baker Was Awarded A Grammy For Her Work
Among Anita Baker’s many hits are “Caught Up in the Rapture,” “Sweet Love,” and “Giving You the Best That I Got.” She recently thanked Chance for the Rapper for helping her recover the master recordings of her songs.
A story regarding Chance’s ongoing legal dispute with Sony Music Entertainment, which holds some of Baker’s master recordings was posted by the singer, who shared the link on Twitter.
To avoid paying expensive fees to his former label, Def Jam Recordings, the rapper has been fighting to regain control of his music and make it available on streaming sites like Spotify and Apple Music.
Following her request for Sony’s masters in December 2018, Baker was “pleasantly astonished” at how swiftly Sony consented to return them. During the interview, she thanked Chance for his assistance in regaining control of her music and noted that they had shared a stage together previously.
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Her previous manager Barry Hankerson, who went away last year, acquired all of her masters in 2008, and she was left with nothing. Her music rights were not transferred to her by Hankerson, Baker claimed in a lawsuit filed in 2017.
By a judge’s ruling in March, Hankerson’s estate was awarded $100 million in damages from Baker because it claimed she had not paid royalties on time. Baker contemplated suicide because she had lost control of her music. However, Chance came to her aid and helped gather money for an attorney so that she could reclaim what was rightly hers.