The Big Day (album)

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The Big Day
A photograph of a hand holding up a transparent CD covered with diamonds
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 2019 (2019-07-26)
GenreHip hop[1]
Length77:23
LabelSelf-released
Producer
Chance the Rapper chronology
Merry Christmas Lil' Mama Re-Wrapped
(2017)
The Big Day
(2019)
Singles from The Big Day
  1. "Do You Remember"
    Released: August 16, 2019[2]

The Big Day is the debut studio album by American rapper Chance the Rapper, released on July 26, 2019.[3] The album follows several mixtapes by the rapper including the reissue of his collaborative Merry Christmas Lil' Mama in 2017, and is his first solo project since Coloring Book in 2016.[4] The album was influenced by Chance's marriage, which occurred in March 2019.[1] The album received generally mixed reviews from critics, and was nearly universally panned by fans.[5] The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, Chance's highest-charting entry to date.[6]

Background[edit]

In a November 2016 interview, Chance the Rapper stated: "I think what I'm working on now is an album."[7] In March 2017, Chance stated that he would sell his debut album, as opposed to the free release of his previous mixtapes.[8]

In May and June 2018, American rapper and producer Kanye West released a set of 7-track albums as part of the Wyoming Sessions, producing five albums in collaboration with Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Nas, and Teyana Taylor. In July 2018, Chance announced that West was coming to Chicago to produce his debut album.[9] West arrived in Chicago in mid-August 2018 and began recording.[10] The duo later announced that their collaboration would be titled Good Ass Job.[11] At the same time, West began working on his ninth studio album Yandhi and shifted his focus to that project instead; West has no production credits on the released version of The Big Day.

On February 12, 2019, Chance tweeted "July" and shared a video on his Instagram revealing that he had "been making music" that fans could expect to arrive the same month.[12]

Themes and narrative[edit]

The album follows Chance on his wedding day, as he was married to Kirsten Corley in March 2019.[13] The album is family-centric, with most songs speaking about Kirsten and Chance's family and children, and features contributions from his brother Taylor Bennett, who raps on "Roo", and his father Ken Bennett, who helped co-write "Eternal". In the skits "Photo Ops" and "4 Quarters in the Black", comedians John Witherspoon and Keith David play wise uncle characters to highlight the multigenerational aspect of weddings.[1]

Promotion[edit]

On June 27, 2019, Chance released a promotional video titled "The Next Chapter Begins", where a pre-order for the album was launched. His first two mixtapes, 10 Day and Acid Rap, were also put up on music streaming services, and sold on vinyl alongside his third mixtape Coloring Book.[14]

Chance the Rapper announced the album's title, release date and revealed its cover during his interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 16, 2019.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[15]
The A.V. ClubA[16]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[17]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[18]
The Guardian4/5 stars[19]
The Independent3/5 stars[20]
NME3/5 stars[21]
Pitchfork6.9/10[22]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[23]

The Big Day was met with generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 72 based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5] Al Horner of The Guardian described the album as "a candid, cutesy concept album based around his wedding", believing the album "combines something old and something new, subtly expanding Chance’s sound without ever straying too far from the sentimental gospel-pop heart of his last release, Coloring Book."[19] Fred Thomas of AllMusic wrote that "Bright, flawless production supports Chance's optimistic lyrics and cultivates an atmosphere overflowing with joy, wonder, and summery nostalgia."[15] Christopher Weingarten of Entertainment Weekly concluded: "A master lyricist, a musical omnivore, Chance and his family of producers and instrumentalists channel all the big emotions of the big day in a swirl of bliss, marital and otherwise."[18]

In a mixed review, Danny Schwartz of Rolling Stone concluded that "Despite its length, The Big Day is self-contained, at least by Chance’s standards", considering it "narrower in emotional scope" than the 2016 mixtape 'Colouring Book. Dhruva Balram of NME believed The Big Day is "a buoyant, cheerful project that looks back on his young, successful career through rose-tinted lenses but, ultimately, doesn’t possess enough depth amidst a mishmash of production and features that make it too long-winded."[21]

The album and Chance received criticism from fans on social media, spawning many Internet memes primarily about the album's focus on Chance's marriage. Music reviewer Anthony Fantano gave the album a rare zero rating out of ten.[24][25] Chance responded on Twitter to the criticism that he believes that people want him to "kill himself".[26][27]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Big Day debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 108,000 album-equivalent units, of which 27,000 were pure album sales. It is Chance the Rapper's third US top 10 album.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing and credits adapted from Apple Music and Tidal.[28][29]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."All Day Long" (featuring John Legend)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Scott
  • DeMartis 'Sax' Williams
  • Verner
  • Eric "EB" Butler
  • Landfair
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Peter Cottontale
  • TrapMoneyBenny
3:28
2."Do You Remember" (featuring Death Cab for Cutie)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Scott
  • Starlite
  • Vernon
  • Fox
  • Cottontale
3:56
3."Eternal" (featuring Smino)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Scott
  • Langford
  • Landfair
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Cottontale
  • Smoko Ono
4:03
4."Hot Shower" (featuring MadeinTYO and DaBaby)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Smoko Ono
3:45
5."We Go High"
  • Lusher
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Scott
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Cottontale
4:59
6."I Got You (Always and Forever)" (featuring En Vogue, Ari Lennox and Kierra Sheard)
  • Lang
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Verner
  • EB
  • Langford
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Cottontale
  • TrapMoneyBenny
4:41
7."Photo Ops (Skit)"
  • C. Bennett
  • Colleen Mares
  • Dex Coleman
  • EB
1:15
8."Roo" (featuring Taylor Bennett and CocoRosie)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Verner
  • Landfair
  • Fox
  • Segal
2:51
9."The Big Day" (featuring Francis and the Lights)
  • Lang
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Scott
  • Vernon
  • Segal
  • Cottontale
4:02
10."Let's Go on the Run" (featuring Knox Fortune)
  • Lusher
  • Lang
  • C. Bennett
  • Scott
  • Verner
  • Kevin K. Rhomberg
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Lusher
  • Lang
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Verner
  • Rhomberg
  • Fox
  • Segal
3:41
11."Handsome" (featuring Megan Thee Stallion)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Coleman
  • Cottontale
  • Smoko Ono
  • TrapMoneyBenny
2:53
12."Big Fish" (featuring Gucci Mane)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Timbaland
  • TrapMoneyBenny
  • Angel Lopez
  • Federico Vindver
3:06
13."Ballin Flossin" (featuring Shawn Mendes)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Scott
  • EB
  • Starlite
  • Landfair
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Cottontale
2:49
14."4 Quarters in the Black (Skit)"
  • C. Bennett
  • Mares
  • Coleman
  • EB
2:13
15."5 Year Plan" (featuring Randy Newman)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Scott
  • Starlite
  • Jaskowiak
  • Ware
  • Fox
  • Cottontale
4:17
16."Get a Bag" (featuring Calboy)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Landfair
  • Lido
  • Fox
  • Cottontale
3:21
17."Slide Around" (featuring Lil Durk and Nicki Minaj)
4:30
18."Sun Come Down"
  • C. Bennett
  • Garcia
  • Scott
  • Verner
  • Butler
  • Jaskowiak
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Wilkins
  • Ryan Vojtesak
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Charlie Handsome
  • Scott
  • Verner
  • EB
  • Jaskowiak
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Cottontale
  • Smoko Ono
3:35
19."Found a Good One (Single No More)" (featuring SWV)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Scott
  • Verner
  • EB
  • Landfair
  • Murda Beatz
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Cottontale
  • TrapMoneyBenny
4:18
20."Town on the Hill"
  • C. Bennett
  • Starlite
  • Vernon
  • Wilkins
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Starlite
  • Vernon
  • Cottontale
2:59
21."Our House (Skit)"
  • C. Bennett
  • Mares
  • Coleman
  • EB
1:05
22."Zanies and Fools" (featuring Darius Scott and Nicki Minaj)
  • Lang
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Verner
  • Landfair
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Cottontale
5:23
Total length:77:20

Notes

Samples

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[38] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[39] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[40] 181
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[41] 3
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[42] 16
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[43] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[44] 160
Irish Albums (IRMA)[45] 18
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[46] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[47] 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[48] 55
UK Albums (OCC)[49] 17
US Billboard 200[6] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[50] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Various July 26, 2019
  • Digital download
  • streaming
TBD CD[51]
Vinyl[52]

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