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REVIEWS Chance the Rapper Coloring Book Chance the Rapper 2016 Regardless of what you think of Chance the Rapper’s music, the opportunities he’s afforded for other artists is unmatched in any genre. On his third free project, Chance continues to question and cripple the pop machine. The tape was foreshadowed by Chance’s earthshattering verse on The Life of Pablo opener “Ultra Lightbeam.” Coloring Book starts where he leaves off, utilizing vibrant Gospel textures to paint beautiful images of freedom & joy. He shows a lot versatility here; from “Summer Friends,” to “Mixtape,” to “Blessings,” Chance can be a lot of things, but he is always Chance. Young Thug Jeffery Atlantic Records 2016 Surely we’re living in a time where popular hip-hop music is the most diverse it has ever been. While some dismiss the so-called “mumble rap” movement, one particular individual transcends this notion. The innovative delivery and prolific work ethic of Young Thug has captured the intrigue of even the most steadfast naysayers. Thug’s latest, Jeffery, is gender-less and genre-less; his experimentation results in his most consistent project since the Barter. Named for his idols, Thug’s talents are highlighted on the reggae-tinged “Wyclef Jean,” the zany “RiRi,” and the hyperactive “Harambe.” Kaytranada 99.9% XL Recordings 2016 Montreal super-producer Kaytranada arrives with his first full-length solo album, 99.9%. His signature spongy bass and bloated synths bubble beneath each collaboration on the 15-track project. Some of Kaytranada’s finest work to-date appears here, like the blurting Anderson .Paak collab “GLOWED UP,” or the sample-lead dance jam “LITE SPOTS” (which has one of the year’s best videos). Throughout 99.9%, Kaytranada sprinkles little testimonial soundbytes about himself, from Sway to Pharrell, discussing his influence on modern music. At this point, he doesn’t even have to say it because everyone else is: Kaytranada is one of the best doing it. Images: billboard.com, trillerthanmost.com, redbull.com