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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 59
  2. Negative: 3 out of 59
  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. Feb 24, 2017
    9
    This is some amazing gospel rap following in the same vein as Kanye and constructs one of the most unique rap albums mostly due to itsThis is some amazing gospel rap following in the same vein as Kanye and constructs one of the most unique rap albums mostly due to its incredible flow and production. Expand
  5. May 18, 2016
    9
    While not quite as fun and fresh as Acid Rap was, Coloring Book is another great output by Chance and considering it only a mixtape is doingWhile not quite as fun and fresh as Acid Rap was, Coloring Book is another great output by Chance and considering it only a mixtape is doing it an injustice. While I mentioned it is less fun than Acid Rap, that is only because his lyrics on this tape are much more serious and in depth, which is a positive. The production is consistently great and his flow is much improved, as previewed on his The Life of Pablo feature. While it may be less easy going, it is still very much as upbeat as Acid Rap. He conveys his entire vision well enough throughout the mixtape that his features (including what most would assume to be ill-fitting artists such as 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, and Future), fully commit their verses to it. Possessing that quality is very Kanye-esque, and to have it at such a young age is even more impressive. While I have absolutely nothing wrong with the incorporation of religion into music, I personally feel that more often than not it interferes with the music and seems forced. Chance, however, masters this technique effortlessly, as Coloring Book is actually enhanced by the presence of religion because it provides a definitive theme without going overboard. An excellent body of work by Chance to add to his already acclaimed catalogue and his most mature output yet. The future is bright for Chance the Rapper. 8.6/10. Highlights: All We Got, No Problems, Summer Friends, Same Drugs, Mixtape, Angels, All Night, How Great (specifically the second half with a great Jay Electronica verse), and Smoke Break. Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2016
    8
    Amazing Album.
    Few tracks might be poorly produced, but overall does the work.
    Solid lyrics, good choice of instruments. Highlight: All
    Amazing Album.
    Few tracks might be poorly produced, but overall does the work.
    Solid lyrics, good choice of instruments.

    Highlight: All we Got, Blessings and Same Drugs.
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  7. Jul 2, 2020
    0
    Chance the Rapper takes a major step in maturity. Coming off of a brilliant mixtape "Acid Rap", Chance drops the hallucinogens and takes aChance the Rapper takes a major step in maturity. Coming off of a brilliant mixtape "Acid Rap", Chance drops the hallucinogens and takes a more faithful trip. With beautiful harmonies, sharp lyricism & a myriad of great features, Chance firmly puts this mixtape in the Album of the Year conversation. Christianity is the topic of conversation...Chance makes even non-believers enjoy the hell out of this one.
    Best Tracks: SAME DRUGS, No Problem, Summer Friends
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