It has been three years since we heard a full release from Chicago-native Chance the Rapper.
Aside from his features on Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s “Sunday Candy” and Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”, he has not given us much to talk about other than his record-breaking second mixtape, “Acid Rap.” But that is not all so bad, because Acid Rap was great. No, it was not just great—it was amazing. Acid Rap wasn’t full of bangers, it was just something that you could vibe with.
Coloring Book is no different. Chance evolves to include a more gospel-influenced production with a heavy emphasis on religion. And Chance uses religion as a beacon of hope in the city of Chicago, which just last year had nearly 500 homicides. Chance’s hope for salvation is obviously not limited to himself. Rather, Chance uses his music to reach out to God to pray for his Chi-town. Sappy, I know, but that is how I see it.
But moving on to the nitty-gritty reviewing: A large majority, if not the entirety, of Coloring Book has gospel-influence. You will not get your precious bangers and bass on here so look elsewhere. But what it does have is soul whether you find it in the production or the direct praising of God in “Blessings” which is one of the stand out tracks of the mixtape.
Coloring Book does not sound like Acid Rap which is a sign of Chance evolving his sound instead of sticking to the same formula which I would have been fine with. Coloring Book shows chance becoming more mature with the coming of his child. Acid Rap was more like a teenager experiencing everything for the first time while Coloring Book is a more mature sound that is settling down.