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The Big Day is Chance the Rapper's debut studio album that he self-released on July 26, 2019.

TracklistingEdit

  1. All Day Long
  2. Do You Remember
  3. Eternal
  4. Hot Shower
  5. We Go High
  6. I Got You (Always and Forever)
  7. Photo Ops (Skit)
  8. Roo
  9. The Big Day
  10. Let's Go on the Run
  11. Handsome
  12. Big Fish
  13. Ballin' Flossin'
  14. 4 Quarters in the Black (Skit)
  15. 5 Year Plan
  16. Get a Bag
  17. Slide Around
  18. Sun Come Down
  19. Found a Good One (Single No More)
  20. Town on the Hill
  21. Our House (Skit)
  22. Zanies and Fools

Album BackgroundEdit

In a November 2016 interview, Chance the Rapper stated: "I think what I'm working on now is an album." In March 2017, he stated that he would sell his debut album, as opposed to the free release of his previous mixtapes.

In May and June 2018, American rapper and producer Kanye West released a set of 7-track albums as part of the Wyoming Sessions, producing five albums in collaboration with Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Nas, and Teyana Taylor.

In July 2018, Chance announced that West was coming to Chicago to produce his debut album. West arrived in Chicago in mid-August 2018 and began recording. They later announced that their collaboration would be titled "Good Ass Job."

At the same time, West began working on his ninth studio album Yandhi and shifted his focus to that project instead; West has no production credits on the released version of "The Big Day."

On February 12, 2019, Chance tweeted "July" and shared a video on his Instagram revealing that he had "been making music" that fans could expect to arrive the same month.

Album ThemeEdit

The album follows Chance on his wedding day, as he was married to Kirsten Corley in March 2019.

It is family-centric, with most songs speaking about Kirsten or Chance's children, and features contributions from his brother Taylor Bennett, who raps on "Roo", and his father Ken Bennett, who helped co-write "Eternal".

In the skits "Photo Ops" and "4 Quarters in the Black", comedians John Witherspoon and Keith David play wise uncle characters to highlight the multigenerational aspect of weddings.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Al Horner of the Guardian gave the album a four-star rating and wrote: "Like a lot of weddings, it drags a little: at 22 tracks and almost 80 minutes long, The Big Day is too big for its own good, with songs that could have been excised."

Brandon Yu of Variety wrote: "On “The Big Day,” Chance’s mixture of reflection and fun is translated in his reliably impressive wordplay and flows, but its production palette can feel confusingly packaged and at times lacking intention. The result is a somewhat flat record that contains shades of Chance’s supreme talents, but lacks the dynamism of his previous works. It is undoubtedly Chance’s big day. But it’s hard not to feel a little let down."

PromotionEdit

On June 27, 2019, Chance the Rapper released a promotional video titled "The Next Chapter Begins", where a pre-order for the album was launched.

His first two mixtapes, "10 Day" and "Acid Rap" were also put up on music streaming services, and sold on vinyl alongside his third mixtape, "Coloring Book."

On July 16, 2009, Chance the Rapper announced the album's title, release date and revealed its cover during his interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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