Coloring Book (mixtape)

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Coloring Book
Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book.png
Mixtape by Chance the Rapper
Released May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13)
Genre
Length 57:14
Label Self-released
Producer
Chance the Rapper chronology
Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)
(2015)
Coloring Book
(2016)
Merry Christmas Lil' Mama
(2016)
Singles from Coloring Book
  1. "Angels"
    Released: October 27, 2015
  2. "No Problem"
    Released: May 26, 2016
  3. "Summer Friends"
    Released: August 17, 2016[1]

Coloring Book is the third mixtape by American rapper Chance the Rapper. It was produced by his group The Social Experiment, Lido, and Kaytranada, among others. For the mixtape, Chance also collaborated with musicians such as Kanye West, Young Thug, Francis and the Lights, Justin Bieber, 2 Chainz, Kirk Franklin, and the Chicago Children's Choir.

Coloring Book was released on May 13, 2016, exclusively on Apple Music, before being made available to other streaming services on May 27. It was the first album to chart on the US Billboard 200 solely on streams, peaking at number eight, while receiving widespread acclaim from critics who praised its fusion of hip hop and gospel sounds. It won for Best Rap Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.[2] It was also the first streaming-only album ever to win a Grammy.[3]

Background

After releasing the well-received mixtape Acid Rap in 2013, Chance the Rapper went on tour with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. He subsequently relocated to Los Angeles from his hometown of Chicago that December. He rented a North Hollywood mansion, which he dubbed the Koi Kastle. While he worked on music in fits and starts, he mainly spent time socializing with friends he made—among them Frank Ocean and J. Cole. He also abused drugs, mainly Xanax: "I was Xanned out every fucking day," he told GQ in 2016. He also went through numerous relationships, and he began to feel unproductive and empty.[4]

He returned to Chicago and got back together with an old girlfriend. He grew more religious upon learning she was pregnant, and especially so after learning his daughter had an atrial flutter. "I think it was the baby that, you know, brought my faith back," he remarked later. On the subject of her heart condition, he said, "[It] made me pray a whole lot, you know, and need a lot of angels and just see shit in a very, like, direct way." His daughter was born in September 2015. During this time, he began to mull over themes he wished to include in his next mixtape, including "God, love, Chicago, [and] dance." Before working on that, he contributed heavily to Kanye West's album The Life of Pablo. Coloring Book was mainly recorded between March and April 2016. He rented out a room at a Chicago studio, and then another as he needed more space. He gradually came to more or less live at the studio during recording: "Eventually we decided to rent out the whole studio, and we just put mattresses in all the rooms and it became a camp."[4] His method of making the mixtape was inspired by West taking over an entire studio to make Pablo.[5]

Music and lyrics

Chance the Rapper told Complex that Coloring Book would be a superior record to Surf, the 2015 album that he had released with his group Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment.[6] As with his other mixtapes, 10 Day and Acid Rap, the cover artwork was painted by Chicago-based artist Brandon Breaux, who depicted Chance holding his baby daughter (below the frame) in order to capture the expression on his face.[7]

According to Financial Times music critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Coloring Book is an upbeat gospel rap album whose themes of spiritual fulfillment and worldly accomplishment are explored in music "that places gospel choirs and jazzy horns in a modern setting of Auto-Tuned hooks and crisp beats".[8] Rolling Stone's Christopher R. Weingarten wrote that the gospel choirs were the foundation of the mixtape's music, functioning in the same way disco interpolations had on the earliest rap records, James Brown rhythms had for Public Enemy, and soul samples had for Kanye West.[9]

Chance discussed Coloring Book's theme of Christian faith in an interview with Zane Lowe. "I never really set out to make anything that could pretend to be new gospel or pretend to be the gospel", he said. "It's just music from me as a Christian man because I think before I was making music as a Christian child. And in both cases I have imperfections, but there was a declaration that can be made through going all the [stuff] I've been through the last few years." Lowe himself believed the mixtape showcased how "faith in music and faith in God go hand-in-hand a lot of times".[10]

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 8.2/10[11]
Metacritic 89/100[12]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[13]
The A.V. Club A−[14]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[15]
Entertainment Weekly A−[16]
The Irish Times 4/5 stars[17]
NME 4/5[18]
Pitchfork 9.1/10[19]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
Spin 9/10[20]
Vice A[21]

Coloring Book's release date was revealed by Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon after Chance's May 6 performance of "Blessings" on the show.[22] The mixtape was released exclusively to the Apple Music streaming service at 11 p.m. EST on May 12,[23] the same day its second single "No Problem" was released;[24] the lead single "Angels" had been released on October 27, 2015.[25] Coloring Book was leaked to DatPiff, a mixtape distribution website, one hour after its release; it was removed from the site the following day.[23] In its first week, the mixtape debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 based on 57.3 million streams of its songs, which Billboard equated to 38,000 album units.[26] It was the first release to chart on the Billboard 200 solely on streams.[27] The mixtape was available only on Apple Music through May 27, when it was released to other streaming services.[26] Coloring Book became the first to surpass 500,000 with only streaming album equivalents. Since its debut in May, the album has stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for 33 consecutive weeks, peaking at number eight.[28]

Coloring Book received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the mixtape received an average score of 89, based on 21 reviews.[12] In the Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot hailed it as "a celebration of singing, harmonizing, human voices making a joyous noise together",[15] while Kris Ex from Pitchfork named it "one of the strongest rap albums released this year, an uplifting mix of spiritual and grounded that even an atheist can catch the Spirit to".[19] Writing for Vice, Robert Christgau believed Chance's already irrepressibly cheerful voice sounded more attractive and substantial than before because of how the music's gospel elements had encouraged a stronger "vocal muscle" and controlled pitch.[21] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times argued that Chance had drawn on the spirituality and consciousness present in West's music while "blossoming into a crusader and a pop savant, coming as close as anyone has to eradicating the walls between the sacred and the secular". He found his flow melodically and rhythmically dense yet deft and effortless, while deeming his narratives both intimate and universal, touching on familial duties, the violent crime in Chance's native Chicago, and being an independent artist in the modern music industry era.[29] In the opinion of Slate journalist Jack Hamilton, Coloring Book was "the first true gospel-rap masterpiece".[30]

Year-end rankings

At the end of 2016, Coloring Book appeared on a number of critics' lists ranking the year's top albums. According to Metacritic, it was the seventh most prominently ranked record of 2016.[31] Christgau ranked it as the ninth best album of the year in his ballot for The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll.[32]

Publication Rank Ref.
American Songwriter
12
BBC Radio 1 N/A
Chicago Tribune
8
Complex
2
Consequence of Sound
2
Esquire
2
The Independent
11
The Irish Times
9
Mojo
40
NME
9
Paste
15
Pitchfork
6
Rolling Stone
3
The Skinny
14
Stereogum
3
Variance
1

Track listing

Songwriting credits adapted from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).[49]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "All We Got" (featuring Kanye West and Chicago Children's Choir)
  • West
  • The Social Experiment
3:23
2. "No Problem" (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz)
  • Bennett
  • Ivan Jackson
  • Conor Rayne
  • Dwayne Carter, Jr.
  • Tauheed Epps
  • Cottontale
  • Cameron Osteen
  • Jaime Woods
  • Jonathan Hoard
  • Lakeitsha Williams
  • Rachel Cato
Brasstracks 5:05
3. "Summer Friends" (featuring Jeremih and Francis and the Lights) Francis and the Lights 4:50
4. "D.R.A.M. Sings Special"
  • The Social Experiment
  • Ware
1:41
5. "Blessings"
The Social Experiment 3:41
6. "Same Drugs"
  • The Social Experiment
  • Lido
4:17
7. "Mixtape" (featuring Young Thug and Lil Yachty)
  • CBMIX
  • Stix
4:52
8. "Angels" (featuring Saba)
  • Lido
  • The Social Experiment
3:26
9. "Juke Jam" (featuring Justin Bieber and Towkio)
  • Rascal
  • Cottontale
3:39
10. "All Night" (featuring Knox Fortune)
Kaytranada 2:21
11. "How Great" (featuring Jay Electronica and My Cousin Nicole)
The Social Experiment 5:37
12. "Smoke Break" (featuring Future)
Garren Sean 3:46
13. "Finish Line / Drown" (featuring T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane and Noname)
  • C. Bennett
  • Fox
  • Cottontale
  • Greg Landfair
  • Faheem Najm
  • Eryn Allen Kane
  • Rajiv Halim
The Social Experiment 6:46
14. "Blessings" (Reprise; featuring Ty Dolla Sign, Raury, BJ the Chicago Kid and Anderson Paak)
  • C. Bennett
  • Osteen
  • Fox
  • Cottontale
  • Hammond
  • The Social Experiment
  • Cam O'bi
3:50

Notes[50]

  • "All We Got" contains vocals from Francis Starlite, Grace Weber, Isaiah Robinson, Jack Red, Sima Cunningham, Teddy Jackson and Vasil Garnanliever
  • "No Problem" contains vocals from HaHa Davis, Jaime Woods, Jonathan Hoard, Lakeitsha Williams, Rachel Cato and The Mind
  • "D.R.A.M. Sings Special" contains vocals from DRAM and Elle Varner
  • "Blessings" contains vocals from Jamila Woods
  • "Same Drugs" contains vocals from the Chicago Children's Choir, Eryn Allen Kane, Francis Starlite, Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham
  • "All Night" contains vocals from HaHa Davis
  • "How Great" credits Nicole Steen as "My Cousin Nicole"; and contains vocals from the Chicago Children's Choir, Isaiah Robinson, Sima Cunningham and Vasil Garnanliever
  • "Finish Line / Drown" contains vocals from the Chicago Children's Choir, Grace Weber, Isaiah Robinson, Jack Red, Macie Stewart, Sima Cunningham and The Mind
  • "Blessings (Reprise)" contains vocals from Nico Segal, Lolah Brown and HaHa Davis

Sample credits[50]

Personnel

  • Brandon Breaux – artwork
  • Jeff Lane – mixing
  • Elton "L10mixedit" Chueng – mixing[51]
  • Dave Kutch – mastering

Charts

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External links

  • chanceraps.com
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
To Pimp a Butterfly
Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
2017
Succeeded by
Damn
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