Today the gods of music have prepared a feast for lovers of hip hop. They have bestowed not one, not two, but three sizzling mixtapes on us. We’re so confused and happy we don’t know which one to stream or download first. For the sake of the hype that’s been going on around it, we’ll do Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ first.
This title might confuse some (admittedly it did confuse us) as the promotion had everyone thinking the project would go by ‘Chance 3’. But this little blindside pales into insignificance when you begin digging into the 14 tracks offered for free. Things kick off on a high with the intro, sorry, entrée ‘All We Got’ that features vocal contributions from a heavily autotuned Kanye West and the Chicago Children’s Choir. Succeeding it is the celebratory ‘No Problem’ which was released as a single just yesterday. On this number he brings 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, who themselves recently dropped a project together.
Following his appearance in what Kanye’s gospel album it’s no surprise that Chancelot has a couple of gospel songs in Coloring Book. ‘Blessings’ was performed a week ago on the Jimmy Fallon show and sounds just as powerful in the recorded version. More doses of religious music are provided in the Kirk Franklin and T-Pain-featuring ‘Finish Line Drown’ as well as ‘How Great’, which starts with glorious choral singing and ends with a killer Jay Electronica verse. But it’s not all inspirational music, there is a ‘Smoke Break’ courtesy of Chano and Future.
‘August 26th’ is here with us too. Post Malone’s long-awaited mixtape also dropped a few hours ago and is just as engaging a listen. It starts with the mellow ‘Never Understand’ in which Larry June lends a hand. Things go all trap and 2 Chainz appears again in ‘Money Made Me Do It’. The focus then shifts to the fairer sex in ‘Git Wit U’, ‘God Damn’ and ‘F**k’. Jeremih, who also laces Chance’s mixtape, employs his vocals on the latter track to panty-dropping effect. There’s a couple of other dope features but we won’t ruin the surprise- go peep the album.
The last record, though titled ‘The Odd Tape’ is not really a mixtape; it is a full-length LP from Washington, D.C. rapper/producer Oddisee released on Mello Music Group. This release comes hot on trail of ‘Alwasta’ which was a mixtape but unlike that March drop, The Odd Tape is fully instrumental. No spitting, just a collection of laid-back, jazzy/soulful tracks designed to transport you to your happy place, and keep you there (the cover kinda gives it away).
Now grab your headphones and…bon appetit!
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