Before listening to Chance’s newly released mixtape, “Coloring Book,” here are five essential tracks to check out. Whether you have been a Chance fan since his first mixtape “10 Days” or you recently became familiar with him after his SNL appearances, reflect on Chance’s career so far with these songs.
“Acid Rain”-From “Acid Rap”
“Acid Rain” can best be described as the thesis statement of the mixtape that brought Chance The Rapper to the limelight. On the track, Chance opens with the line “kicked off my shoes, tripped acid in the rain” as he reflects on his life. He touches on friends, the past and violence in Chicago, including the murder of his best friend that he witnessed. After venting off his problems, he feels clean and ends the song with
I am a new man, I am sanctified,
Oh, I am holy, I have been baptized,
I have been born again, I am the White Light
Rain, rain don’t go away.
“Sunday Candy”-From “Surf”
This profanity free ode to his grandma is the sweetest thing Chance has ever written (pun fully intended). Chance talks about the unconditional love that he and his grandma share and his chorus focused on God is probably one of the best gospel rap songs out there. Some enderaring lines include
She could say in her voice, in her way that she love me
With her eyes, with her smile, with her belt, with her hands, with her money
I am the thesis of her prayers
I like my love with a budget, I like my hugs with a scent
You smell like light, gas, water, electricity, rent
“Angels”- From “Coloring Book”
“Angels” started a new chapter for Chance The Rapper. “Angels” explores Chance’s personal growth, from being an independent artist, to a father and also a role model to his city. “Angels” is the perfect bridge to Chance’s new era.
“Wanna Be Cool”-From “Surf”
“Surf” made history as the first album that was given away free on iTunes, which Chance references on the track “Angles” with the line “I even got Steve given out Apples for free.” “Wanna Be Cool” was a declaration of being comfortable with yourself and not changing to fit in, something Chance is all too familar with by not following the normal path of having a label. In an age where everyone is trying to find esteem anywhere but themselves, this is Chance’s anthem for the misfits.
“Wonderful Everyday”-Not from any album
Chance’s cover of the cartoon “Arthur” theme song, Chance reintroduces his audience which grew on with this show with its powerful message of being kind and believing in yourself.