MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016 |
Posted by: Kirsten Spruch
Although the album title is Coloring Book, "Blessings," which is the name of two of the tracks, might be more fitting. The ongoing theme is essentially: Chance The Rapper is happy as fuck. The opening track, "All We Got," which features Kanye West and The Chicago Children's Choir, sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the record. With lyrics like "Man my daughter couldn't have a better mother...Man I swear my life is perfect," you cant help but smile and be happy for him. He's not just bragging about material things, but about real things that matter, like family. You can even hear little giggles from him when he sings, which is partially what makes him so genuine. Its truly triumphant, almost like he's celebrating the album within the album because he sees himself improving, and the growth is exciting.
In the last track, he continues this idea of success with lyrics about being grateful, one line specifically being, "I'm Kanye's best prodigy / He ain't sign me but he proud of me / I got some ideas that you gotta see." Chance is like the passionate little boy sitting in the back of English class, raising his hand for every question and eating lunch with his teacher (who is Kanye, apparently) so that he can learn more, just because he wants to.
Another topic he addresses throughout the mixtape is being an independent artist. Before the hook in, "No Problem," he sings, "If one more label try to stop me," in the first "Blessings" he sings, "I don't make songs for free, I make songs for freedom," and in the second "Blessings" he sings, "Im pre-currency, post-language / anti-label, pro-famous." Shall we continue?
Chance The Rapper is here to enjoy life. Rapping words of pure wisdom and poetry combined with a full band of brass, theres no one quite like him in the game right now. The album also features a long list of impressive collabs like Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Future, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, and more.
We hope you scoop that well-deserved Grammy, Chance.