Fans have been anticipating new music from Chance the Rapper, especially after his break out verse on Kanye West’s “Ultra Light Beam.” Well, the wait is over and Chance the Rapper is delivering nothing but greatness on his new mixtape, Coloring Book.
The 14 track mixtape features contributions from Kanye West, Jay Electronica, Justin Bieber, Future, Lil Wayne and many more. You can stream or download the mixtape through Apple Music.
On TLOP, Chance the Rapper spit “I met Kanye West I’m never gonna fail” and he definitely meant that. You can tell Kanye gave him motivation for his new mixtape. In “Blessings (Reprise),” Chance raps, “Kanye’s best prodigy, he aint signed me but he proud of me.”
Similar to West’s previous projects, Chance the Rapper brought a gospel feel to his mixtape with songs “All We Got” feat. Kanye West and Chicago Children’s Choir and “Blessings and How Great” feat. Jay Electronica and My cousin Nicole. “All We Got” sounds like part two of “Ultra Light Beam.”
Though West said TLOP was a gospel album, according to Rolling Stone, Coloring Book “delivers on that promise in much more than fits and spurts. Gospel choirs are the backbone of the LP.”
The title of the mixtape is perfect for this project because every verse is painting a picture as you listen. The Chicago native brings awareness to his city for the outstanding number of homicides and the police shooting of African American teenager, Laquan MacDonald. In “All We Got,” the choir sings, “Take me to your mountain, so someday Chicago will be free.” In “Angels,” Chance says, “Clean up the streets, so my daughter can have somewhere to play.” The rapper even raps the positive aspects of his city on the track “Juke Jam” featuring Justin Bieber, where he reminisces on his childhood at the skating rink listening to Chi-town’s juke music.
According to Mashable, this mixtape is a “top contender for the best rap album of 2016.” With Chance the Rapper’s wordplay mixed with elements of jazz instruments, gospel choirs, awareness to violence and Lion King metaphors, we definitely think he is in the running.
Coloring Book has been getting a lot of love on Twitter from tons of fans, celebrities, producers and more. Chance the Rapper and “Chance3” was a trending topic after the release of the tape. Check out some of the reactions. (twitter reaction link below)
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Written by: Nicquana Tashea