For 22-year-old me, Chance the Rapper is the person in the hip-hop world I’ve grown up with — both literally and figuratively.
Since his last project, Acid Rap (which turned three a couple weekends ago), Chance has kept busy touring the world with The Social Experiment, who eventually—led by Donnie Trumpet’s creative direction—released album together, Surf. He featured on songs with a range of artists from SZA (“Child’s Play“) to Action Bronson (“Baby Blue“) to the aforementioned Blake (“Life Round Here“) to Kanye West (“Ultralight Beam“)—where Chance was, in some eyes, handed the keys to the Chicago rap throne.
But here we are as Chancelor Bennett stands at 23 years old, ready to conquer the music world with his third project, three years in the making,
Chance 3 Coloring Book.
After Zane Lowe ran back “No Problem” with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz five times in a row on Beats 1 today, it felt like the beginning of a moment for Chance — a moment that will finally bring him to the forefront of the rap world. A moment that will bring free music, genuine honesty and appreciation and, most importantly, endless chopped-up bars to the top of the mountain.
We’ve always known Lil Chano From 79th’s had the talent and drive to take on that responsibility, but it finally feels like it’s all being brought together for this bit of significance. His television performances (he’s debuted two of his most recent songs, “Angels” and “Blessings,” on late night TV), news surrounding his next plans, and hell, even the work the incredible Social Experiment is doing, all comes along with the eyeballs of millions.
He said let’s do a good ass job with Chance 3
I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy
Let’s make it so free and the bars so hard
That there ain’t one gosh darn part you can’t tweet
At 14 songs,
Chance 3 Coloring Book includes features from Kanye West, Weezy, 2 Chainz, Jay Electronica, Justin Bieber, Future, and a bevy of other All-Stars, with additional work from The Social Experiment, Stefan Ponce and more.
Released exclusively via Apple Music, Coloring Book can be heard below.
01 “All We Got” f. Kanye West
02 “No Problem” f. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
03 “Summer Friends” f. Jeremih & Francis & The Lights
04 “D.R.A.M. Sings Special”
06 “Same Drugs”
07 “Mixtape” f. Young Thug & Lil Yachty
08 “Angels” f. Saba
09 “Juke Jam” f. Justin Bieber & Towkio
10 “All Night” f. Knox Fortune
11 “How Great” f. Jay Electronica
12 “Smoke Break” f. Future
13 “FInish Line/Drown” f. T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane & Noname
As Mek said earlier, MY BODY IS READY. LET’S DO THIS.