The only reason that I have gone back to Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” is Noname’s verse on “Drown”. Which is not surprising, since she continually proves with every feature that she is a supremely talented artist.
She overshadows every single artist that has worked with her, then she just disappears. Not to be heard from months on end dropping loose songs like “Freedom Interlude” and “All I Need”. Songs That are well produced, thought out and executed. “Freedom Interlude” especially finds Noname in top form with interesting metaphors and imagery. Along with more meaningful and deeper realizations. “Bill Cosby ain't the god we made him. They all forgave him”. She does all this over some unassuming laid back production, that makes the whole thing sickly smooth.Then a snippet of an iconic Nina Simone Interview is added onto the end. It is pitch perfect and rounds out the track exceptionally.
Her verse on “Drown” is the best verse on “Coloring Book” hands down. I often found myself on that project tuning out Chance, who for whatever reason chooses to rap like his guests would and not have his own voice. Once Noname came on though I was immediately tuned in, her voice is beautiful and her verse is glorious.
Lord rain down on me so I can move on water
Like children at the altar, like God inside my house
I love you, I love you, you looking holy like Mama
You made a church out of feathers
So when she fly to the Father
She know the choir gon' follow and all the offering paid
She gave my name away to your holy house
She like my blessings in disguise
She like her Jesus mounted high
So He can watch her lonely child
I know my God
I know my God seen His breaks and His edges
Are jagged for giving that pain to His city in gold
Like everything is everything
Like all them days He prayed with me
Like emptiness was tamed in me
And all that was left was His love
I am sure whatever you will put out will be great. I just want it to be here, but I will wait for as long as you want.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)