The hype that surrounds Chance the Rapper’s anticipated mixtape, Coloring Book, is well deserved. He released the project on Thursday and I have already killed the sound in one of my earbuds….the left one to be exact. Chance has already had a great year so far with his cowrite and appearance in Kanye Ye’s album The Life of Pablo, and his features with other artists like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Skrillex. Coloring Book is a true testament of Chance’s growth as an artist after his previous mixtapes: Acid Rap (2013) 10 Day (2012). Coloring Book featured a few of my favorite artists to include: Kanye West of course, Lil Wayne, 2 Chains, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Justin Bieber, T Pain, Kirk Franklin and Future to name a few. You seriously can’t go wrong with a list like that:
What I loved about this mixtape was that Chance was completely original with his sound and authentic. He used his past emotions, experiences and childhood memories to guide the music with this one. I have to admit, Coloring Book, took me to church in a few tracks and left me right there in the front row with the deacons and deaconesses grabbing my blessings. Chance obviously owes all his success to the man upstairs and I am right there with him. Something else that Chance solidified is his love for all his supporters, because this mixtape was solely about the music and nothing more. He clearly has control over his music and the artistry behind it, which many artists unfortunately do not.
Many of the tracks on Coloring Book spoke to me but, the one that I have to mention is “Mixtape” which features Young Thug and Lil Yachty. The chorus of the track repeats, ” Am I the only n*gga that still care about a mixtape”. Many artists, don’t release mixtapes on their various platforms. In my opinion, mixtapes have been the foundation for many hip hop artists and allows for the freedom of expression and creativity within the music. He went further to say in the track, “How do you call yourself a boss when you got bosses”. For some reason I never really thought about this. You really aren’t considered a boss until you are completely calling all the shots and it reminded me how much that word “boss” get’s thrown around so much from people that answer to so many.
Chance the Rapper’s free mixtape is available through Apple Music.
1. “All We Got” featuring Kanye West & Chicago Children’s Choir
2. “No Problem” featuring Little Wayne & 2 Chainz
3. “Summer Friends” featuring Jeremih & Francis & The Lights
4. “D.R.A.M. Sings Special”
6. “Same Drugs”
7. “Mixtape” featuring Young Thug & Lil Yachty
8. “Angels” featuring Saba
9. “Juke Jam” featuring Justin Bieber & Towkio
10. “All Night” featuring Knox Fortune
11. “How Great” featuring Jay Electronica & My cousin Nicole
12. “Smoke Break” featuring Future
13. “Finish Line / Drown” featuring T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane & Noname
If you are interested in purchasing some of Chance the Rapper’s merchandise, head over to http://chanceraps.com ..