Chance the Rapper released his third mixtape, Coloring Book, on May 13, 2016—exactly four years ago to this day. The 14-track gospel-hip-hop masterpiece earned Chance a 2017 Grammy for “Best Rap Album,” and the Chicago-born artist also took home Grammy awards for “Best New Artist” and “Best Rap Performance”—for “No Problem” (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz)—the same night.
Coloring Book also features Kanye West, Young Thug, Justin Bieber, and the Chicago Children’s Choir. Based solely off streams, Coloring Book peaked at #8 on Billboard 200 and became the first streaming-only album to ever win a Grammy.
Chance created his iconic “Chance 3” New Era baseball cap in partnership with GQ in October 2016. Why the number three? To start, the number three pays tribute to his third official project, but also because of the holy trinity, and his family, who consists of his wife, his daughter and himself. The number three became even more special when he won three Grammys the first year he was nominated.
In addition to winning three prestigious awards, Chance the Rapper also got to share the stage with some of music’s biggest stars during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Chance performed “How Great” and “All We Got” for the penultimate performance of the night.
Similar to Drake’s Views, Chance partnered with Apple Music to premiere his third project. An exclusive release with Apple meant one could only stream Coloring Book on Apple Music for two weeks before availability on competing platforms.
Coloring Book is one of few albums where one could genuinely make a case for the brilliance of each song; aka an album one can listen to start to finish, or be happy with whatever possibility pressing the shuffle button brings. After 10 Day and Acid Rap cemented him as hip-hop prodigy, Chance miraculously finds a way to raise the bar even higher by delivering a gospel-rap composition sent straight from heaven above.
How many albums by your favorite rapper have resulted in fans tweeting every single lyric? Probably none.
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