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Chance The Rapper At Xfinity Theatre

Chance The Rapper At Xfinity Theatre

Gospel and praise have been seeping into hip-hop for years, but Chicago's Chance the Rapper made the link between sacred and the secular pretty overt on his Grammy-winning 2016 album "Coloring Book."

Listen to "Blessings," with its refrain of "When the praises go up, the blessings come down." There are jubilant vocal choirs adding a gospel fire to many of the tracks. But beyond that sense of tradition, "Coloring Book" is also wildly abstract in places, like on the autotuned weirdness of "Summer Friends," featuring Francis and the Lights and Jeremih. The guest appearances demonstrate Chance's collaborative versatility, like on the...

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