Chance the Rapper released his debut album, The Big Day which features 22 original tracks with collaborations from various artists including, Justin Vernon, Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, CocoRosie, Randy Newman, DaBaby, Smino and many more. The album has a positive feel with a smooth, uplifting beat on each track.
The first song, “All Day Long” features Chance rapping with lyrics, “We can’t be out here pleasing everybody. We know who we are.” The second song, “Do You Remember” features frontman Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie vocalizing beautiful lyrics like, “Do you remember how when you were younger. The summers all lasted forever?” The third song, “Eternal” features Smino who raps with Chance while comparing side chicks to real women with lyrics like, “I got a Jada Pinkett keeping sure my shame is in check. Cross-legged in the dojo, my master, mentor. Side chicks can’t take out splinters. Side chicks make they Kool-Aid with Splenda. Side chicks can’t come to Auntie Linda’s house.”
The next track, “Hot Shower” boasts an ever confident lyrical track featuring DaBaby and MadeinTYO. In the song “We Go High,” lyrics include “And we go high. They go low and we go higher, higher.” The words “When they go low, we go high,“ were spoken by the former First Lady, Michelle Obama at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The remaining tracks on The Big Day are each and every bit lyrically stylistic, including “I Got You” and “Ballin Flossin” which features Shawn Mendes that is a fast track and harmonizing beat. Chance comes in on to rap after Mendes introduces the first verse.
The album is filled with guest contributors and some of Chance the Rapper’s family members, including his brother Taylor and his dad Ken. The album features stars like Justin Vernon and Francis Starlite and producers like Murda Beatz and Timbaland as well as Social Experiment collaborators, Nate Fox, Nico Segal, and Peter Cottontale.
In 2012, Chance the Rapper released his debut mixtape 10 Day then released his second mixtape, Acid Rap, which gained critical praise. In 2016, he released his third mixtape, Coloring Book which earned him three Grammy Awards, including the award for Best Rap Album. It became the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy Award, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200.
The Big Day Tracklist:
01. All Day Long
02. Do You Remember
04. Hot Shower
05. We Go High
06. I Got You (Always and Forever)
07. Photo Ops (Skit)
09. The Big Day
10. Let’s Go on the Run
12. Big Fish
13. Ballin Flossin
14. 4 Quarters in the Black (Skit)
15. 5 Year Plan
16. Get a Bag
17. Slide Around
18. Sun Comes Down
19. Found a Good One (Single No More)
20. Town on the Hill
21. Our House (Skit)
22. Zanies and Fools
Photo Credit: Mauricio Alvarado