Album Review: Coloring Book

After releasing several critically acclaimed mixtapes and featuring on countless projects, Chance the Rapper aims to push himself even further in his latest project Coloring Book ,as he attempts to fuse gospel choir music and rap, a feat that may prove tricky for some.

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Photo credit – Christa Coleman

The production is what I love most about this album as there are clear influences of gospel and jazz music throughout. Although Chance is no stranger to these elements in his music, his last project The Social Experiment had these influences in tracks like Sunday Candy, these influences are prominent on tracks like How Great and Angels which is one of his most lyrically proficient tracks on the album. No Problem is the hardest hitting track on the album with its very punchy and upbeat production, accompanied with the lyrical presence of 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, who both provide some of my favourite features on the album.

One thing that bothered me about the album was the track All We Got, the mixing is a bit of a mess as well as a very autotuned Kanye West. This made for a particularly frustrating listen as the two complemented each other on West’s Ultralight Beam, which also had gospel elements, it’s a shame they were unable to translate this to Coloring Book.

Despite a few hiccups, Chance the Rapper is able to seamlessly fuse gospel and jazz elements with rap. This task may have proved costly for some artists but this is what makes Chance so unique, he constantly pushes himself whether it’s with his lyrics or his production but no matter what he does, his natural charisma always shines through and this is what separates him from the rest.

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