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FSD Feature: A Breakdown of the Gospel Influences on Chance The Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’

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Words by Andrew Jennings (@ArchieBlocka)

When I first heard Chance’s Coloring Book album, it immediately took me right back to arguing with my Mom on Saturday nights about why I was being forced to go to church on Sunday mornings. But in talking with some (white, tbh) friends who listened to the album and liked it, it became pretty apparent that a lot of them didn’t know where the sound came from. So to help these friends out, I divided the gospel influences on the project into three sections: sounds, lyrics, and featured artists — and explained why this is probably the only rap album from a Chicago artist I could play for a Pastor without getting splashed in the face with holy water.

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