Is it really a surprise that Chance The Rapper’s “Coloring Book” mixtape is blowing everyone’s mind, including artists that were a part of the project? The 14-track mixtape provides everything we aren’t getting enough of. The project mainly stands out for it’s heavily Gospel-Hip Hop inspiration.
Headlines are now questioning if Chance is a ‘Christian rapper.’ Though I’m not what that’s supposed to mean, this project is not the first time Chance touches on the subject of religion. Chance often speaks about God, church and his enjoyment of praise.
“Take and eat my body like it’s holy
I’ve been waiting for you for the whole week
I’ve been praying for you, you’re my Sunday candy”
-“Sunday Candy” (2015)
“Forget it you get it, God is so awesome, devil’s a liar
Take ‘em to church but I need a choir
I believe, I believe, I believe”
-“Somewhere in Paradise” (2015)
The new mixtape offers a beautiful complex mix of sounds inspired from Jazz, Gospel, Hip-hop and trap. If the mixtape was a concert line up, it would be worth your money; Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Future, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, T-Pain, Jay Electronica, Jeremih, Saba, Eryn Allen Kane, Towkio and the Chicago Children’s Choir make up this project. Chance speaks on the blessings he’s come up on, the ladies and new changes.
Recently, T-Pain shared a screenshot of a text convo between him and Chance where he paid his respects to the project.
The most recent good news for Chance is that the mixtape has ranked enough streams that it’s found its way to the Billboard 200. So what’s the big deal? Well, the “Coloring Book” is a mixtape for one and two, it’s free. This is not common, at all. His streams are being counted as sale numbers and reports claim it may be enough to land him on the top 10 spot.
That’s a good comeback after 3 years if you ask me. My favorite tracks; “Blessings,” “Same Drugs” and “Juke Jam” featuring Justin Bieber and Towkio.