Fans were understandably frustrated when Chance The Rapper‘s inaugural studio album, The Big Day, failed to materialize at midnight on Friday (July 26). But finally, it’s here.
Boasting 22 tracks, the project follows Chance‘s Grammy Award-winning mixtape, Coloring Book.
In a recent interview with Apple Music, Chance revealed the title was a reference to March 9, the day he married his longtime girlfriend and mother to his children Kirsten Corley.
“The whole album has been inspired by the day that I got married and how I was dancing that day,” he told Zane Lowe. “It was the hardest I ever danced in my life and I’m a great longtime dancer.”
“Everything in it is all the different styles of music that make me want to dance and remind me of that day and remind me of that night and all those people that were there.”
Chance continued, “I’ve been waiting to make an album for a long time […] Just making two songs a day. And trying to have fun. But at the same time, I understand that it’s going to be more. More songs. More flexes. More dancing. Just more.”
Chance The Rapper is expected to head out on a tour in support of The Big Day. Stops include Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, and Chicago.
Check out the cover art below.