Chance The Rapper's The Big Day has finally dropped. It was delayed by almost 12 hours but it's here and it's absolutely stacked. Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver, Megan Thee Stallion, Death Cab For Cutie, Lil Durk and heaps more feature on the record which spans 22 songs.
It's obviously very early days, but there are a few moments that stand out on first listen. If you're just waking up and you're looking for a highlights reel before you dig into the final thing, find it below.
Nicki Minaj's Closing Verse
It's rare that artists hand off the last few verses of their album but Chance gifted his to Nicki Minaj on Zanies & Fools. The thundering, tribal beat is a powerful ending to an overwhelmingly positive album and Minaj steps in at the final minute on form. It's actually Roman who returns to close the record and it's a special moment.
Chance's Joyous Declaration Of Marriage
There's one track that has immediately sparked up Twitter because it's the most instantaneous on the album. That song is Found A Good One (Single No More), an electronic cut that just bleeds with joy and ends in a hyperventilating Jersey club moment.
Shawn Mendes' House Music Moment
Chance loves a good pop moment. He's teamed with Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Madonna in the past. For The Big Day, he recruited one of the biggest male popstars right now for an unexpected moment. He got Mendes on a motherf***ing house beat and it's perfect. Ballin Flossin is the album's All Night moment.
Megan Thee Stallion's Last Minute Appearance
Megan Thee Stallion turned in her verse on time so Chance had to eat Broccoli. We have to celebrate that. It's Meg's Hot Girl Summer so she has to come through on every major rap record and she does in a big way here. She possesses more strength and power than any other feature on The Big Day.
The Title Track
We're assuming Chance's big day is his wedding to long-term girlfriend Kirsten Corley. It's appropriate then that one of the most passionate tracks on the album is The Big Day. The '80s-tinged, drum-laiden moment features Chance in vocals mode but also houses some of Francis & The Lights' most experimental vocal work.
Death Cab For Cutie's Unexpected Appearance
Death Cab and Chance is not a collaboration that we ever thought we were going to see but apparently they hit it off at Bonnarroo and the rest is history. Ben Gibbard provides the hook for the vocal on Do You Remember and actually slots straight into it. There's a nostalgia to this song that simultaneously takes us back to early '00s rap and indie.
The Oddities Of Hot Shower
Hot Shower is the most current sounding rap record on the album and it's going to be a divisive one. It's pretty hard not to get kicks though out of MadeInTYO's adlibs and DaBaby's verse. Chance also comes through with his most playful bars of the album ("Hot, hot, jumping out the grease").
Chance The Rapper, Timbaland & Gucci Mane All Appearing On One Track
Big Fish may have the least production and writing credits of any song on the album but Timbaland, Gucci Mane and Chance are all on here. Timbaland delivers with the album's most haunting, dark beat while Gucci is inspiring as ever ("Anything is possible if Gucci can do it").