Friday, May 13, 2016

Chicago Hip Hop and the Art of Painting Your Own Lane | Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book

The WhatUpWally? crew has been debating how to use our words to properly encapsulate this new Chance the Rapper project. However, it seems like a disservice to Chance's courageous use of color to draw beyond the reductionist categories of hip hop, jazz, gospel, and funk to then use these categories to explain his fusion-istic accomplishments. 

Descriptions and categories be damned, Chano is not just rapping in his own lane but has actually been constructing a new tollroad. 

As of yet, Kendrick, Lupe, and Kanye are the only mainstream hip hop artists that have freed themselves from the normal music traffic jam and granted a Chance toll tag. 

Of course, the kids from Chicago - Alex Wiley, G'zus Piece, Tree, Mick Jenkins, and Donnie Trumpet & Vic Mensa (and their lane destroying group Kids These Days) - have been part of this new highway construction team. 

If you are yearning to free yourself from the traffic jam and get outside of the mainstream thoroughfare, there are a number of creative lanes open. 

Artists are blurring genre boundaries by using colorful imaginations to paint new traffic laws in Dallas (see Blue the Misfit , A.Dd+, and Dustin Cavazos), Cincinnati (see Sleep, Under New Order, Wonder Brown, and Buggs tha Rocka), Atlanta (see Nino Augustine, Go Dreamer), Los Angeles (see Anderson .Paak), Seattle (see Raz Simone), and San Diego (see Regg Henny)

It appears that most download and stream links to the album have been taken down and, unfortunately, Apple has been granted exclusive streaming rights (by the way: fuck these exclusive streaming deals).

Soooo... you can either stream the Coloring Book below via Apple Music .... or ... for as long as the link is up .... you can download and stream at HotNewHipHop

Blogging Outside the Lines,

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