So I might be a little late writing this but that doesn't matter. Chance The Rapper came out with his third mixtape, Coloring Book. On its release date the Internet was freaking out (including myself).
I was never a fan of Chance until I heard him on TLOP in February. His Ultralight Beam feature made me become a fan instantly. Roll your eyes all you want but I jumped on the Chance bandwagon and recognized his talent. I’ve heard that people don’t like the “new chance” but I like it. I feel as though he grew as an artist and learned so much from with other artists such as Kanye West for example.
Chance’s production and style has taken a rapid change since Acid Rap which was released about three ago, but I refuse to compare the two because Chance grew as an artist since then.
Coloring Book is definitely Grammy material and I will be very disappointed if this mixtape doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. “All We Got” is basically Ultralight Beam part 2. The Ye & Chance collaborations always end up making me catch the Holy Spirit. Whether its through their auto-tuned vocals perfectly complimenting each other or having the Chicago Children’s Choir accompany Ye & Chance in the background or just the bomb production that they arrange.
I think that many different artists influenced the theme of Coloring Book . Each song has a different style, production, flow, and writing. It looks as though that every artist Chance collaborated with on this mixtape he managed to adapt some form of his or her style. For example Chance manages to adapt Young Thug & Lil Yatchy’s style on Mixtapes.
Chance even manages to put an R&B spin and slows down his flow with Justin Bieber on Juke Jam. Juke Jam IS my favorite song on this album. Juke Jam is the type of song that puts you in your feels. It makes you remember all the good times with a person that you used to love or just miss the idea of being in love. But the following song does a complete 180 and has a utterly different vibe. “All Night” is an upbeat song that is just meant to get drunk and have a good time. It helps you forget about your heartbreak from the previous song.
I love how Chance adapts multiple genres and styles into one mixtape. He goes from gospel, to R&B, to rap, to pop, and even alternative. His talent is limitless and I wish I recognized it earlier. I can't wait to hear how his debut album is going to sound.
My Favorite Songs on Coloring Book
1. Juke Jam (feat. Justin Bieber)
2. All We Got (feat. Kanye West & Chicago Children's Choir)
3. No Problem (feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
4. How Great (Jay Electronica & My cousin Nicole)
5. Mixtapes (feat. Young Thug & Lil Yachty)