Chance the Rapper will release his debut album The Big Day next week.
The Chicago native confirmed the release date of July 26, 2019, for his much-anticipated first studio effort, which features the previously released single “GRoCERIES,” during his July 16 appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
The record is inspired by Chance’s wedding to wife Kirsten Corley — with whom he has 3-year-old daughter Kensli — which was attended by the likes of Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian West and comedian Dave Chappelle.
He explained previously: “The whole album has been inspired by the day that I got married and how I was dancing that day.
“[…] 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.
“I’ve been waiting to make an album for a long time. So, the process has been just me being back in the studio all the 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.”
The album follows his acclaimed 2016 mixtape Coloring Book.
The “Blessings” hitmaker’s wife is currently expecting the couple’s second child, and he thanked her for giving him all the support while making the album.
He wrote on Instagram in April: “I’ve been really happy the past few weeks. My wife gave me the go-ahead to put everything else on hold and really go to work on my debut album. Its been a lil hard at times, I obviously miss Chicago and family and working on other stuff, but there truly is no joy like making a project.
“Somehow I always forget that I’m so, so good at this. And every night I surprise myself again. (sic)”
Chance admitted releasing the record will be “bittersweet” because he enjoys recording so much, but he urged his fans to “thank” Kristen for letting him focus on the LP while coping with her pregnancy and their daughter with “so much grace.”
He added: “July is gonna be bittersweet because as much as I can’t wait to be done, the process is the best part!
“Yall should thank Kirsten cause she dont gotta share me wit NOBODY. But she knows what I do and is handling this pregnancy and our family with so much grace. Babe, I have to appreciate u supporting me all these years and I swear I can’t wait to get juked on to these new songs. (sic)”