Look. Coloring Book has been out for a while now and it’s given me a lot of time to ruminate on the verses Chance the Rapper is laying down for us. I can honestly that this album is one of my favorites, and perhaps THE favorite, hip-hop/rap album that will come out this year for me.

I mean no disrespect to Drake, or Post Malone or any other rapper or hip hop artist out there right now. But Coloring Book is actually a work of art. VIEWS is great and all, but it’s a lot of the same stuff Drake has been producing for awhile. Sure “One Dance” is a fun tune, but that’s just about it for me. The Life of Pablo was claimed by Kanye to be a gospel album, but Chance prophetically produced a next level piece of work with Coloring Book that is truly structured and based on the amazing sounds of Gospel music. Without any doubt, every song on Coloring Book is a star.

Just looking at all of the artists on Chance 3, we see EVERYONE. We’ve got Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Jay Electronia, Kirk Franklin, Justin Bieber, Young Thug and so many others. It just goes to show that Chance is worth his salt. Although he was only available exclusively on Apple Music the past two weeks, this Friday Coloring Book will be available to everyone according to Chance’s Twitter page. In a world where streams, views and plays amount to worth, I’m happy to find Chance’s mixtape up on Youtube every time it gets taken down. He’s a rapper that dedicates himself to his art and not to the “lifestyle” or “the money”. In “Blessings” this is even more apparent, “I used to pass out music, I still pass out music.”

I could go on and on about Chance the Rapper. He’s a top tier rapper in a low tier game right now. His Magnificent Coloring World was a massive hit this week in Chicago and it didn’t even turn out exactly how he wanted it. At every turn, he just amazes me with his lyricism, beats and stances on social issues: “I don’t make songs for free. I make songs for freedom.” I mean COME ON this is great stuff.

Listen to Coloring Book and get some much needed Gospel in your life.