Just last week, Chance the Rapper dropped his debut studio album, The Big Day. As the reviews and fan response poured in, it didn’t look good. The internet even started to meme at the album’s expense.

This all lead to a lengthy response from Chance himself on Twitter;

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Chance claimed he was getting the feeling that people wanted him to kill himself, but was quick to continue that this “isn’t my vibe at all”.

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The Rapper went on to elaborate that he feels listeners want him to feel “ashamed” for The Big Day, and how deep an emotional connection he feels to music;

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Chance went on to thank those who have been supportive following the launch of the album, claiming he was appreciative for the time he gets to spend with his family now that the work on the album is done;

But ultimately, as with The Big Day, the story is about his relationship with his wife;

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Chance’s debut record, The Big Day, is a concept album that explores every facet of the emotions Chance felt leading up to and during his recent wedding, so it’s good to see that Chance is staying strong in the face of criticism.

If you’re confused and thinking “this isn’t his first album”, you’re not completely wrong; Chance has put out 5 mixtapes since 2012, starting with 10 Day.

Three of those mixtapes, all of his studio efforts, charted on the Billboard 200, reaching as high as 5th place, with 2013’s Acid Rap. 2016’s Coloring Book was also highly critically acclaimed, becoming the first streaming-only record ever to score a Grammy win.

So when Chance announced a The Big Day, his first official studio album, especially with past rumours of collaborations with Kanye West, the hype was real.

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Just one glance into the comments of the announcement of the release date and you will see how excited people were; musician @bencanrap leaving a particularly heartfelt comment that read “Coloring Book changed my life”

“Your music was a light to me in that time, and still is. I play Wala Cam when im down, blessings when im up. Thank you so much for that.”

But when the reviews for The Big Day started coming in, it didn’t look so good. Junkee listed two of the harshest reviews, a whopping ZERO from notorious internet critic Anthony Fantano, who described the album as a “22-track torture chamber”, and a 6.9 from Pitchfork, who previously rated Coloring Book a 9.1 in 2016.

Despite the so-so critical response, The Big Day has still been doing pretty well, landing itself the #2 spot on the Billboard 200. The volume of memes about it also tell you that even if it isn’t gelling well with everyone, it’s still getting heard.

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Here’s a short story. I grew up my whole life obsessed with all things related to #TheLionKing; like all three films, the Timon and Pumbaa tv show, the broadway play and especially the broadway soundtrack. Needless to say the original film was immensely impactful on my music and overall life. So when my big bro Donald got casted as Simba, he did the coolest thing ever and told director Jon Favreau to call me in as a consultant to keep the original flavor. So for about a year I would go to the LK studio and see early animations, scenes, music direction or assemblies and they’d always be out of this world amazing. One day I’m there Jon asked me to do some singing stuff, another day he asks me to do some lines. Its all a blur, but I’ll tell u its one of the best blurs of my whole life. I am so blessed to know people like Donald and Jon man. AMAZING FILM, AMAZING CAST AND AN AMAZING NIGGHT LAST NIGHT. GOD BLESS AND LONG LIVE THE KING

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On top of that, the past year has been great for Chance; collaborations with everyone from DJ Khaled to Ed Sheeran charting well, being featured in The Lion King, plus his actual wedding mean that despite all the criticism, Chance the Rapper is definitely at a strong point in his career, and it should be fun to see where it goes.

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