Chance the Rapper has no hit records, has never sold a single album, and five years ago was suspended from Jones College Prep High School for 10 days for marijuana possession. Since denting the music landscape with the unexpected success of his 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, the 23-year-old MC from Chicago has landed guest spots on projects from Kanye West, Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Lil Wayne. He’s your favorite artist’s favorite “have you heard about?” artist.
His rhyme style is refreshingly malleable with a musical knowledge that has him belting out church hymns seconds after double-time rapping about vanquishing the devil. It’s been three years, but Chance has returned with his latest mixtape, Coloring Book, which features contributions from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Justin Beiber, and 2 Chainz, among others. Its release Thursday on Apple Music and, briefly, DatPiff, has sent Twitter into its usual frenzy.
From DJs to organic burger restaurants, here’s the Twitter chatter surrounding Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book mixtape.
— Macklemore (@macklemore) May 13, 2016
a lot of rappers checking if the studio open this weekend #Chance3
— scott vener (@brokemogul) May 13, 2016
chance said “what’s better than followers is actually falling in love” i have to delete my account
— crissy milazzo (@crissymilazzo) May 13, 2016
this has nothing to do with bareburgers but… it’s Chance, so, enjoy. https://t.co/FZeYFhitUY
— Bareburger (@Bareburger) May 13, 2016
That new @chancetherapper really hittin’ the spot right about now.
— DOM (BIG GIGANTIC) (@DominicLalli) May 13, 2016
— Jason, Jah, Leezy (@HipHopObama) May 13, 2016
— Lido (@Lido) May 13, 2016
#ColoringBook is (lowkey) a gospel album.
— deray mckesson (@deray) May 13, 2016
Drake: hey y’all my new album ‘VIEWS’ is in stores
Chance the Rapper: pic.twitter.com/fBZVlOqI5d
— Kyle Kramer (@KyleKramer) May 13, 2016
Only other sites will appreciate this reference, but Chance is putting up “Drake traffic numbers” right now.
— DJBooth (@DJBooth) May 13, 2016
— Corinne Bailey Rae (@CorinneBRae) May 13, 2016
— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) May 13, 2016
— Sam Charles (@samjcharles) May 13, 2016
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) May 13, 2016
due to the new RIAA rules Chance’s mixtape probably went platinum 45 minutes ago
— David D. (@DavidDTSS) May 13, 2016
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 13, 2016