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  • Summary: The third mixtape from the Chicago rapper (an Apple Music exclusive for two weeks) features gospel elements as well as guest appearances from such artists as 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Francis and the Lights, Future, Jay Electronica, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Young Thug.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    While Coloring Book successfully channels the musical conventions of African-American church tradition without sounding dated or pastiche, the album also subtly chronicles black history and uses it as inspiration for artistic freedom.
  2. May 16, 2016
    91
    Coloring Book delivers one celebratory hymnal after another, emphasizing the natural high that comes with feeling loved and watched over.
  3. 91
    Though it doesn’t eclipse the LSD-inspired brilliance of Acid Rap, Coloring Book affirms Chance’s place as one of hip-hop’s most promising--and most uplifting--young stars.
  4. May 18, 2016
    80
    Coloring Book is the richest hip hop album of 2016 so far.
  5. May 25, 2016
    80
    It has the bigness and accessibility of a major hip-hop album thanks in part to zeitgeisty guests like Justin Bieber, Future and Young Thug.
  6. May 20, 2016
    80
    Coloring Book, replete with a spiritual aura and talk with the man above, is a heavy contender for the best project released this year because it goes against the grain while still building upon hip-hop’s foundation.
  7. Apr 24, 2017
    65
    Several aspects of the sonic structure on otherwise well-made beats and well-laid vocals sound blurred and mashed together. It is not a pretty listen by any means unless the listener is willing to bear the pain of a weak recording process.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 58
  2. Negative: 2 out of 58
  1. May 13, 2016
    10
    This definitely deserves to be an album along with a Grammy nomination! There's a lot of growth in chance since acid rap. Where he used to rapThis definitely deserves to be an album along with a Grammy nomination! There's a lot of growth in chance since acid rap. Where he used to rap about women sexually he raps about his daughter and her mother. He talks about growing up, learning how to dance, praises the Lord. It's an all round exhilaratingly joyful album that is impossible to hate. Definitely the best rap project of 2016 so far. Highlights have to be; How great, Same drugs, Blessings (2), Juke Jam, Smoke break... **** i just might list the entire catalog!
    Thank you Chance The Rapper.
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  2. May 21, 2016
    10
    What a beautiful album. It's beyond excellence. Soulful is a perfect word for it. The choir used in various tracks just increased its beauty.What a beautiful album. It's beyond excellence. Soulful is a perfect word for it. The choir used in various tracks just increased its beauty.
    Favourite tracks - "D.R.A.M. Sings Special", "How Great".
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  3. May 14, 2016
    10
    This is an amazing album from a rapper on the top of his game. Happiness often translates to corniness in a lot of rap these days (seeThis is an amazing album from a rapper on the top of his game. Happiness often translates to corniness in a lot of rap these days (see Macklemore, Drake), but this mixtape is infectious. There isn't a single song on this that I would skip. My only slight complaint is that I hope the gospel sound is a one-off. Don't get me wrong, I think it's amazing and works VERY well for Chance the Rapper, but I fear that it could get played out if he does it too much. Expand
  4. Jun 24, 2017
    9
    An incredible album with very catchy and memorable pieces. There are incredible collaborations with the likes of Kanye West, Lil Yachty andAn incredible album with very catchy and memorable pieces. There are incredible collaborations with the likes of Kanye West, Lil Yachty and surprisingly Justin Bieber. All We Got is an incredible opener with No Problem following it. The mixing is incredible with background vocals mixed in very well. Songs like Same Drugs show that Chance can also sing. The album is a joy to listen to and has been repeating in my headphones for the past week. Expand
  5. May 28, 2016
    9
    Such a happy sounding album. Guaranteed to make your day brighter. I'd give it a 10 out of 10 if it was better mixed. The Kanye song was theSuch a happy sounding album. Guaranteed to make your day brighter. I'd give it a 10 out of 10 if it was better mixed. The Kanye song was the worst offender in mixing. He needs Dr. Dre to produce his albums. Expand
  6. May 28, 2016
    8
    Perhaps the happiest rap album ever made. Gracefully incorporating traditional gospel music, this mixtape is likely to be a definitive work inPerhaps the happiest rap album ever made. Gracefully incorporating traditional gospel music, this mixtape is likely to be a definitive work in the young rapper's career. Expand
  7. May 16, 2016
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Mixing and Mastering is god awful and makes this unlistenable. There are still tags left on some tracks. Sounds like an audio engineer barely touched this. Expand

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