Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Alright, so this website usually sticks to indie artist and debut projects, but this particular artist is very important to the early era of the Kingdom of Gardens collective. I went into this album with impartial and ignorant ears. Chance the Rapper is my son- well, brother. I’ve always appreciated the Southside Chicago rapper’s soulful, yet sinful blends.
But things have changed.
Let’s put Coloring Book aside. We are all still comparing Chancellor Bennett to his drug-laced, punk-rap days of 2013. We want high energy and melancholy.
But things have changed.
Chance has a kid(s?) and a wife. He’s put away the pills and possibly ditched the cannabis. He’s got his family, brand, and city to represent. Instead of Bruce Wayne, we should be getting Clarke Kent. Well, we got a Captain Planet of sorts. A sonic blend of different demographics.
If The Big Day was not so long, it could’ve been a more enjoyable project. There are tons of filler tracks on this that might keep fans from sitting through this entire album. It does not help that the album started on such a lackluster note with the first two tracks.
There are some cringeworthy moments throughout this project. Look, I don’t mind Chance’s “singing”, but that was the one cringeworthy portion of the beautiful We Go High. The piano melody would’ve made a great track alone. On a harmonic note, Chance still smokes and now works with Dababy. That’s all I could appreciate from Hot Shower. I imagine this is how Chance’s haters from the early days perceive his overall sound.
Nevertheless, The Big Day has great moments. A younger Llama (formerly known as “the Brotein Shake”) might low-key cruise to the Let’s Go On the Run while daydreaming about Lexi or Eliana or whoever I was crushing on at the time. Get A Bag feels like a throwaway from early Chance projects. Very playful and filled with well-placed “Yawks”. Handsome is a radio single for sure. I’m surprised that this wasn’t released instead of Groceries. Although the production has more mainstream trap hi-hats, this might be as close as we’re getting to "Favorite Song Pt. II". Speaking of which…. Why the hell was Childish Gambino not on this son- no - this album???? I want my sequel(s)!!!
While I’m addressing the features on this album, I should mention that this album could’ve used more Chicago artists. I feel like some of the day ones should have features instead of Nicki Minaj. Seriously, if you told me in 2013 that I’d be cool with a Gucci or Nicki Minaj on a Chance track… Honestly, I don’t know what I would’ve done, because this timeline shouldn’t be happening!
I will refrain from reviewing the title track, as well as the other dark spots of this project since I’m cynical about the oversaturation of marriage/civil unions in general. If you're a family man, a fan of TobyMac or Lecrae, or were born after OJ Simpson went to prison, you might dig this.
Bottom line: The Big Day sounds generic and inconsistent, but once you dig into the lyrics and concepts, it’s.... not terrible. Tracklist-wise, it seems like quantity was valued over quality. I feel like I’m growing apart from an old college friend.
This is futile request, but basic chicks, please refrain from posting lyrics on social media to embellish your boring marriage or dying relationship.
First Impression: 6.5/10
Deep Listen: (A Generous) 5/10
The Best: Eternal, We Go High, Roo, Handsome, Get A Bag, Sun Come Down
The So-So: All Day Long, I Got You, Found a Good One, Town on a Hill, Zanies and Fools
The Meh: Do You Remember, Ballin Shower, 5 Year Plan, Slide Around, Hot Shower
Llama Ruckus is an aspiring songwriter and producer from Atlanta, Georgia. His primary genre is trip-hop; blends of elements from funk, surf rock, chill hop, blues, synthpop, and psychedelic rock/jazz.