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The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 3-25-22 – 3-31-22, Chance The Rapper’s “Child Of God” Reviewed

Chance The Rapper is to rap what Steve Earle is to country, a pompous and smug asshole who, as noted on Chance’s new single “Child Of God”, has the world on a string and he can have it. Between 2013 – 2018 it was the best rapper in the world, a stunning wordsmith and song constructor that shook up rap with his feel good vibe and elevating performances. I saw him at that Panorama performance, right before Kanye West, and he was genius.

But Chance is a rich kid son of a Chicago politician and a Christian who has no problem hitting you with his Bible. You know he should be changing his name to Common The Rapper or Chance The Legend with his wedding album (unless your name is John or Yoko, no wedding albums) The Big Day, sold tickets to an arena tour and cancelled it because he wanted to spend time with his newborn child and boy has he managed that. The first three songs on The Big Day were very good and the rest sincerely sucked.

But they are all better than the spoken word poem (sorry, rap) that is “Child Of God”. Take it away Rolling Stone (here): “Child of God,” featuring Ghanaian-American singer Moses Sumney, is the rapper’s first release as a lead artist of 2022. Child of God also exists through March 29 as an art exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The Gabonese visual artist Naïla Opiangah, who Chance met in Accra, created an 6’x11’ tall painting — an intricate web of Black women’s nude bodies, as is her signature — inspired by the experiences of and conversations between she and Chance.”

Keyboards, swirling synths, slow asf tedium and while the words are erudite , the painting ends up being magnificent. It is all, of course, art rap and boring, but hey, why would Chance want to drop a banger when it might wake his kid?

Grade: C+

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