Chance the Rapper literally made history with his latest project Coloring Book, while helping to revitalize my love for dope music. Finding myself lost in all of the tracks at different times, choosing a favorite isn’t an option. The production on this album is pure genius. So many different instruments infused together to make some of the most infectious tunes. Hands down, production wise, All Night is my favorite, while conceptually Finish Line would earn that title. I haven’t been this infatuated with a project since the release of Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon.
There is pretty much a track for every mood you may be feeling at any given time. Chance will take you from growing apart on Same Drugs, all the way to church on Blessings. You will also hear Chance let the labels know he isn’t up for any games, or he’ll have his “dread headed n*ggas in the lobby” on No Problems with 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne. Simply classifying Coloring Book as a hip-hop album is an injustice to the amount of creativity and diversity poured into the creation of this work of art. The title Coloring Book fully captures this project, a verbal display of art.
As of now, the mixtape has earned its right to be classified as an album, in the eyes of the Grammy’s. Having earned seven nominations including Best Rap Album, Chance the Rapper is breaking boundaries and making history. Earlier this year the RIAA changed the rules of the game, allowing streams to count toward record sales; Chance is the first to capitalize on the opportunity by giving his project away for FREE via Apple music, before moving onto other platforms.