Chi-Town native, Chance the Rapper, released his third mixtape titled Coloring Book this past week and it’s a breath of fresh air.
This 14 track mixtape with features from the likes of Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Young Thug, Lil Wayne, among others is the exact opposite of Chance’s previous release Acid Rap. The 3 years between projects has proven beneficial for the artist, showing how much he’s grown musically. His vibe is totally different and I’m all about it. Coloring Book is one of the most uplifting and positive mixtapes I’ve heard in a minute. Chance has a way of relating to everyone on all levels and his talent truly is a blessing for the industry.
“I don’t make songs for free, I make ’em for freedom
Don’t believe in kings, believe in the Kingdom
Chisel me into stone, prayer whistle me into song air
Dying laughing with Krillin saying something ’bout blonde hair
Jesus’ black life ain’t matter, I know I talked to his daddy
Said you the man of the house now, look out for your family
He has ordered my steps, gave me a sword with a crest
And gave Donnie a trumpet in case I get shortness of breath”
“I’m gon’ praise Him, praise Him ’til I’m gone
Don’t be mad
I’m gon’ praise Him, praise Him ’til I’m gone
When the praises go up
The blessings come down
My favorite song off of Coloring Book is without a doubt “Same Drugs.” Incorporating a Peter Pan theme into the story, it’s all about change and how sometimes the people you were hoping to grow with aren’t at the same pace as you. In a world where progression is always a goal, it’s hard to find someone on the same wavelength as you and I find myself relating to this song heavy.
“Where did you go?
Why would you stay?
You must have lost your marbles
You always were so forgetful
In a hurry, don’t wait up
I was too late, I was too late
A shadow of what I once was
Cause we don’t, we don’t do what we say we’re gonna
You were always perfect, and I was only practice
Don’t you miss the days, stranger?
Don’t you miss the days?
Don’t you miss the danger?
We don’t (we don’t) do the same drugs no more (do the same drugs no more)
We don’t do the, we don’t do the same drugs, do the same drugs no more”
Coloring Book is an optimistic album that everyone should take a listen to. Chance the Rapper is practicing what he’s preaching and I’m taking every word to heart.
Click the link below to listen to Coloring Book now.