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Music Review: Chance the Rapper's "Coloring Book"

by Austin Greene

Chicago’s rap scene birthed artists, such as Chief Keef and Lil Bibby, through a new style of rap called “Drill Movement." As the movement made its way into mainstream music across the United States it reluctantly over shadowed other artists from Chicago. Chance the Rapper was one of those artist. The soulful hip-hop artist found his way onto the scene back in 2012 with the release of his first mixtape: “10 Day.” He then followed up with his second mixtape in 2013: “Acid Rap.
 This year has definitely been Chance the Rapper’s breakout year. Some achievements of his include: the release of “Surf,” a collaboration album with the Social Experiment; a cosign from Kanye West; and multiple endorsement deals from brands such as Kit Kat. Chance the Rapper's third mixtape, “Coloring Book”, also referred to as “Chance 3”, was arguably one of the most anticipated releases of the year. He shines his uncanny combination of gospel, rap, and soul on Coloring Book. His unique flow, lyrical ability and gospel melodies created and album that is bigger than just rap. The mixtape was widely considered the greatest rap album release of 2016.
The album featured the likes of Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne. Chance was able to create a realm of hope, prosperity, and utter honesty on each track.  Standout tracks include “No Problems” ft. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne as well as “Juke Jam” ft. Justin Bieber and Towkio. "No Problems" is a musical “F U” to the record industry compared to the nostalgic, urban love story that is “Juke Jam.”
What makes “Coloring Book” work is Chance the Rapper's ability to combine rap, soul and gospel in an original way. Not to be confused with “gospel rap,” Chance the Rapper creates a mixtape that strictly combines urban contemporary hip-hop on a backsplash of gospel. Chance the Rapper was able to create a mixtape that is both lyrically and socially one of kind; a true testament that he’s here for the long run.

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