Chicago native Chance the Rapper won his first Grammy Awards last night. And not just one, but three
His third mix tape Coloring Book won Best Rap Album beating out other rap albums — Kanye’s The Life of Pablo, Drake’s Views, De La Soul’s and the Anonymous Nobody…, Schoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP, and DJ Khaled’s Major Key. Coloring Book was the first streaming-only album to ever be awarded a Grammy.
It was the first release to ever chart solely because of its streams.
Chance also won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for ‘No Problem‘, and for Best New Artist. Not a bad night for the 23-year-old artist, especially for someone who was ridiculed by his teachers when in high school for wanting to be a musician.
Chance the Rapper first came to critics’ attention after he released his second mix tape back in 2013. Critics really stood up and paid attention, however, at the release of Coloring Book in May, 2016. That mix tape gained him universal acclaim on sites like Metacritic, and in the music industry at large.
Now it has netted him three Grammy Awards, and awards that are honestly well deserved.
And yeah, he’s a bit too religious for my taste (see one of his acceptance speeches to see what I mean), but there is no disputing he is certainly talented.
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