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Chance The Rapper drops ‘4 New Songs’ (Not an album)

Jul 22 2018

First, there was the whisper of a brand new album for Chicago mainstay and independent poster boy Chance The Rapper. Then, at the speed of a tweet, there wasn’t. Chance runs an unconventional camp where distribution is concerned, but what fans got instead of a finished LP was literally ‘4 New Songs.’ Signs of life? Absolutely. Anything more than a handful of tracks cut from the ‘maybe’ pile of a recent A&R meeting? No. The more traditional sample work and conversational mannerism of ‘I Might Need Security’ make it the most interesting of this unsuspecting outbreak of material. ‘Work Out’ sounds like Wyclef on speed, ‘Wala Cam’ contemporary without charisma, and ’65th & Ingleside’ a crescendo-laden dose of electronic soul featuring some of the Chi legend’s famous vocal flare. Having not played the Apple Music exclusive card this round, all can hear the promising sounds of Chance (hopefully) getting ready to start gearing towards a formal follow-up to Colouring Book rather than blessing us with B-sides.