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Album Review: The Big Day by Chance the Rapper

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Arguably one of the most anticipated albums of the weekend, Chance the Rapper dropped his debut album, The Big Day. Fans were surprised and wondering if he would follow through since he didn't drop the album at midnight, which most music artists tend to do. About ten hours later, Chance the Rapper released the album on all streaming platforms. Although Chance has released several mixtapes before, most notably Acid Rap, this marks his first studio album.

The album starts off with All Day Long. Just like his other major mixtape releases, with the exception of 10 Day, it starts off energetic and happy, along with a joyful, soulful, choir-like chorus. This song serves as a celebration since it was a highly anticipated album for a while and people were wondering when he was going to release the project. There was also a release party in Chicago that Thursday night since Chance the Rapper is from Chicago.

The second track, Do You Remember is a personal favorite of mine, especially since it features the lead vocalist from Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard. During the song, they are reminiscing about the summers when they were teens. They felt like the days lasted a long time and they had nothing to worry about. They are also reminiscing about the last years of the teens, which would reference the 2010s. Chance said he won't forget about it since he released his debut studio album (2019).

Eternal opens up with a soulful intro. There's also great backing vocals throughout the song, with a groovy bass that keeps on going. On this track, Chance brags about how great his wife is and talks about how he doesn't need a "side-chick" which is often referenced in hip-hop music. He recently married his long-time girlfriend, Kirsten Corley.

Hot Shower changes up the feeling of the album with a more hip-hop styled beat. I've heard a lot of mixed reactions from the fans, but it reminds me of some of the stuff he released back during the Acid Rap days. It's a fun track with a simple beat that features DaBaby and MadeinTYO.

The next track, We Go High brings the album back to a soulful feeling. This song talks about the relationship between him and his wife. It also mentions the time where they split up for a while but eventually got back together. He also mentions God throughout the track, and album since he is a Christian. I do like the Navi sample, for any of you Legend of Zelda fans.

The next track, I Got You (Always and Forever) ties into the previous track. This also features Ari Lennox who I talked about in a previous album review. This is more upbeat than the previous song, but Chance reassures his wife that he will always be there for her, and also talks about how they tie religion into their relationship. He mentions the bible verse Philippians 1:9.

Photo Ops (Skit) is one of the three skits that are presented on the album. This features John Witherspoon. If any of you have seen the show The Boondocks, it is the same actor that voices "Grandad". The skit eventually leads into the track, Roo, and features his brother Taylor Bennett. They reminisce about what it was like growing up and how their father was a huge inspiration to both of them. If you ever have the chance to listen to Acid Rap, check out the track Everything's Good. The first minute of the track shows us a phone call between Chance and his father, and how proud he is of his son.

The ninth track is the title track, The Big Day. It's a quiet acoustic track until Chance gives a "crazy" verse later in the song. The title could be a reference to several different things in his life. It could reference the day this album was released, his marriage to Kirsten Corley, or the birth of his daughter.

Let's Go On The Run is an upbeat, fun, piano-based track. Chance is talking to this girl and is trying to convince her to "go on the run", which could mean to just run away and go on a trip to somewhere different.

In the track Handsome, Chance and Megan Thee Stallion are bragging about their good looks. They also talk about the different kinds of clothes they wear and they'll always look good. Megan Thee Stallion also mentions that she has the body of a model.

Chance ends up collaborating with a big name in hip-hop, Gucci Mane. Big Fish represents how Chance rose to fame, especially in Chicago. He has a large fan base and is always gaining new fans every day.

Ballin Flossin seems like a joke track in my opinion. Chance seems to just be having fun with his verse on this track. However, he managed to get a feature from Shawn Mendes which turned out to be pretty good.

4 Quarters In The Black (Skit) is the second skit off of the album. This track is supposed to be a message to Chance. He talks about him having big plans but asks how he is going to achieve all of his goals. It's a lead way into 5 Year Plan. It's a piano track where Chance talks about his future goals, as well as all that he has achieved in his life. He has raised a lot of money for the people in Chicago and you can tell he wants to continue giving back to his city. There's also a small feature from the legendary Randy Newman on the track.

After that, we have Get A Bag. A lot of people might automatically think of drugs when it comes to "bag", however that doesn't seem to be the case in this situation. Chance is trying to say that you should go after whatever you want to pursue. Whatever will help pay the bills and give you a secure way to live life.

Slide Around features the infamous female rapper, Nicki Minaj. There's also a feature from Lil Durk towards the end of the track. During the chorus, Chance talks about the stuff he's able to own, like a jet and Gucci clothing. Besides bragging about his possessions, he's also talking about how he's grateful to be around the people that he loves, like his family.

The next track is Sun Come Down. Like in a lot of other tracks on the album, Chance talks about his marriage, especially in the second verse. He's telling people that don't bother coming to his wedding if they won't be their for his marriage. Basically, if people aren't going to support him and his wife along the way, he doesn't want those people at his wedding. I'm assuming this track was recorded earlier this year or in 2018 since he married his wife earlier in 2019.

Found A Good One (Single No More) is another soulful track with some great backing vocals during the chorus. In this track, Chance is telling everyone that he is no longer single and that he is married. He is very happy with his marriage and he is finally settling down with someone that he has been with for several years.

Town On The Hill goes back to Chance's spiritual side. He's thankful for everything in his life and he thanks God for everything that he has gained in life.

Our House (Skit) is the last closing skit before the last track of the album. It eventually leads into Zanies and Fools. This is another track between Chance the Rapper and Nicki Minaj. Despite all the negative things that have happened, they were able to overcome all of it.

What did you think of the album? What were some of your favorite tracks? Let me know down in the comments section!
Overall Rating: 7/10
Favorite Tracks: Do You Remember, Hot Shower, Let's Go On The Run, 5 Year Plan, Found A Good One (Single No More)
 

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