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There is a Dorothy Norwood song I first heard in 1994 that deeply impacted me. The song, “Somebody Prayed for Me,” goes as follows:
Somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind.
Took the time to pray for me.
As I reflect on the song today, a rapper from the South Side of Chicago comes to mind because I think someone has been praying for this dude.
On May 12, Chance the Rapper released the mixtape Coloring Book exclusively to Apple Music. The project was met with almost universal acclaim and heavy rotation nationwide. Chance the Rapper’s uniquely melodic voice is perfect for the gospel-soul-inspired abstract hip-hop on the album. After the, in my eyes, pedestrian and uneven projects 10 Day and Acid Rap, Chance seems to have found his signature sound. His is a unique voice in black music, but it’s more than just the sonics of the album that give me reason to think something supernatural is going on. There are three reasons why:
1. Production, Writing Credits and Features
The production and features on Coloring Book are incredible. Kaytranada, the Social Experiment, Lido, Basstracks and other high-profile producers create a musical landscape for the album that is at once soulful and trippy. The album has features and writing credits from the likes of 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Kayne West, Young Thug, Justin Bieber, Future, Kirk Franklin and Jay Electronica … just to name a few.
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