• Record Label: N/A
  • Release Date: May 13, 2016
Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 19, 2016
    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
    92
    Rather than cheap ploys to cross over, the questionable collaborations are more likely calculated concessions with the intent of sneaking his evangelical message to a greater audience. After the communion cup runs empty, Chance proves himself worthy of hero worship by subtly and subversively overthrowing the commercialized horrors of his town’s violent drill movement.
  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 17, 2016
    91
    Coloring Book is one of the strongest rap albums released this year, and is destined to be on year-end lists aplenty. It's a more rewarding listen than Drake's recently released VIEWS; it's nearly as adventurous as The Life of Pablo.
  5. May 16, 2016
    91
    Coloring Book delivers one celebratory hymnal after another, emphasizing the natural high that comes with feeling loved and watched over.
  6. May 18, 2016
    90
    Its long-awaited threequel (after a beloved detour for his Social Experiment crew’s Surf last year) hits less directly and challenges its listeners to engage with something downright lovelier than usual.
  7. May 16, 2016
    90
    Coloring Book is a spirited musical sermon, and Chance's fellow MCs will covet its perfect union of gospel and rap.
  8. May 14, 2016
    88
    What made "Surf" and now "Coloring Book" compelling is his ability to let his personality seep into the broad canvases on which he and his collaborators paint.
  9. May 17, 2016
    86
    Purged of the drug-addled skepticism of Acid Rap and pulsing with the free-wheeling spirit and zeal that bolstered Surf, Coloring Book is a breezy listen: direct and purposeful.
  10. 83
    This is a vibrant, uneven, irresistibly likable, and occasionally transcendent release from an artist who shows no signs of falling off anytime soon.
  11. 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.
  12. May 25, 2016
    80
    Coloring Book is another exceptional release from a vital artist only now coming into his own.
  13. 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.
  14. May 18, 2016
    80
    On the jubilant, nourishing Coloring Book, his third solo release, has blossomed into a crusader and a pop savant, coming as close as anyone has to eradicating the walls between the sacred and the secular.
  15. May 18, 2016
    80
    Coloring Book is the richest hip hop album of 2016 so far.
  16. May 18, 2016
    80
    Coloring Book is exactly the kind of record necessary to elevate an artist from viable to visionary.
  17. 80
    Chance is still just 23 years old, but Coloring Book is a staggeringly mature record, and while it isn’t on par with Acid Rap in terms of unforgettable lyricism, it also has a different mission.
  18. May 17, 2016
    80
    Sonically and conceptually, the all-purpose artist isn't interested in coloring in between the lines, but focused instead on offering a vibrant option to things once defined as black and white.
  19. 80
    Fizzingly fun, this third mixtape sees Chance finessing but certainly not hampering, his freewheeling nature.
  20. May 25, 2016
    70
    Chance is no longer quite coming from that place of adolescence that was essential to 10 Day and Acid Rap, but on Coloring Book, he doesn’t yet sound comfortably settled into whatever it is that’s supposed to come next.
  21. 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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 604 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 604
  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 16, 2016
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »
  3. May 16, 2016
    6
    Chance releases a relatively formulaic album with more singing than rapping. The gospel theme gets played out and you get left with a decentChance releases a relatively formulaic album with more singing than rapping. The gospel theme gets played out and you get left with a decent mix-tape with some great songs, and some real stinkers. Definitely worth a listen, but there's not much here that wasn't done better in Ultralight Beams, and that's a real shame considering that is one of my favorite songs of the year thus far.
    6/10
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