Chance the rappers ‘Colouring Book’ is a gospel rap masterpiece. Good god. Taking in when the praises go up, the blessings come down.
Keeping quiet for a while since 2013 with his “Acid rap” mixtape, the Chicago rapper has taken us back to praising Jesus on a Sunday. There’s no doubt that the man above has a huge tale on this album. Kanye West, Future, T-Pain and Justin Bieber all appear on the release. Debuting ‘Blessings” on The tonight show starring Jimmy Fallon last week, filling the room with promising light-beams. Vince Staples revived Nineties gangsta rap, Kendrick Lamar searched for the spiritual core of To Pimp a Butterfly in Seventies jazz, Beyoncé sampled Forties prison songs on Lemonade and now Chance the Rapper finds freedom in gospel music that goes back centuries. It’s also worth noting that this is the first time Chance has put out an album in any sort of industry-official capacity. His other releases were totally free, and therefore ineligible for a Grammy.
Gospel choirs are the backbone of the LP, imaging the staircase to heaven through nostalgic samples. Chance delivers one of the most enduring African-American album piece for 2016. Although tracks such as “Smoke break” [ ft Future] takes us on a gearing ride into a trip stating “We use to netflix and roll”. In hopes that he will ever get back to that old thing. More far we come across, D.R.A.M., the man behind the giddy viral hit “Cha Cha,” comes by for a beautiful interlude somewhere between summer blue skies and spring scented flowers with the chorus “Everyone is special”. Although “Juke Jam” speaks to more earthly pleasures, sunsets and listening to music while juking. Soft nasal vocals provided by Bieber adds a smooth touch to everything. Followed by slow trap and common grundgy riffs throughout the album as fillers.
Chance incorporated the soulful and conscious-minded bars of Kendrick Lamar, the melodic ‘gymnastics’ rhyme of Young Thug and the lowkey ego/humbleness of Kanye West. He’s indebted to no record label on Earth, using the mixtape grind of Future to turn the ambitious rhymer into one the most famous unsigned artist. Well played. In conclusion “Aint no twitter in heaven” – Chance