The Big Day is coming soon.
That’s the title of Chance The Rapper’s long-awaited debut studio album, which is scheduled to arrive next week, July 26.
The Chicago rapper used the platform of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to unveil the cover art, title and release date of his forthcoming set, but only after the TV host pre-ordered the album during their chat.
The cover art for The Big Day features a left hand holding a translucent compact disc.
Chance told the NBC studio audience he’d struck a deal with Fallon where he’d share information on the album, on the proviso that Jimmy would buy it at ChanceRaps.com. Naturally, Fallon obliged.
The new LP is a big deal for Chance. “I haven’t sold my projects before. All my mixtapes were free,” he explained.
The hip-hop star made history in May 2016 with his independently-released mixtape Coloring Book, which debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, becoming the first streaming-exclusive set to crack the tally.
His earlier mixtapes Acid Rap and 10 Day were made available via retail and on streaming services for the first time in late June. Acid Rap went on to bow at No. 5 on the Billboard, and 10 Day arrived at No. 73.
Chance’s stint on late-night TV wasn’t a fleeting one. The 26-year-old artist also discussed his small role in The Lion King, and how Donald Glover got in touch, and helped him become a “nostalgia consultant” on the Disney remake. “I’m the guy who knows about nostalgia,” he admitted. His role on the animated film extends to a “little bit of slight vocal work,” though you probably won’t pick him out. He provides background noises, mainly. Like antelopes grazing..
The pair also played a round of “box of lies:” Watch below.