It’s been a good year for Chance the Rapper. 2016 has seen the Chi-Town MC skyrocket from highly touted and potentially great to zeitgeist-helming mega star, someone whom mentor and friend Kanye West called “the future” of hip-hop. The catalyst for this breakout year is his latest offering, Coloring Book, a glowingly ambitious mixtape that looks to the past to elevate the present into the future, and easily one of the year’s best releases. Something of a gospel record fit for the 21st century, Coloring Book overflows with jazzy, soulful arrangements and celebratory moods, a joyful, technicolor counter to the monochrome trap productions and fierce lyricism that’s dominated hip-hop of late. You won’t find a more uplifting statement from any artist all year.
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