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Review: Expansive Drake playlist ‘More Life’ extends borders of hip-hop

On his new musical project, Aubrey “Drake” Graham, the artist who has merged the sound of hip-hop and pop music over the past several years, now adds additional new musical elements to the mix. “More Life,” the sixth solo entry by Drake, is as much a reflection of the October’s Very Own (OVO) record label chief as it is of what the Canadian artist has been listening to.

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Chance’s creative “Coloring Book” marks a vivid new page in rap

Chance The Rapper begins his third official mixtape, “Coloring Book,” right where he left listeners with his 2013 breakthrough release, “Acid Rap.” As soulful horns fill the first track on Chance’s highly-anticipated 2016 entry, the MC out of Chicago’s South Side proudly sings, “and we back, and we back,” the same words he used to kick off his “Good Ass Intro” on “Acid Rap.” Chance certainly follows through with that statement, delivering a creative, eclectic and optimistic effort that marks his first solo-billed mixtape in three years. Each and every Chance release is a collaborative, collective effort, and “Coloring Book” is no less.

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