The Chicago Dictionary For Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book

….A guide to the Chicago slang and references used in Coloring Book…

He did it! Chance is on a new level. In Chicago, we have been watching Chance win for a few years now. Seeing Chance succeed, being heard, and loved around the world is breath taking. Chance delivered a damn near perfect project. The raves and reviews about Chance’s stellar project created the urge to shed light on the uncountable amount of time love is shown for Chicago in his music. In 2016, the land in the middle is face to face with nagging neglected issues and prospering positivity. Amongst the clashes and conflicts in the city are Chicagoans pushing for a new way. One pusher in particular is Chance The Rapper. His name is now a known and respected fixture in the hip hop community. Chance’s bold individual independence is setting a new business blueprint and taking his image into his own hands. Chano has come along way from his 79th street roots. He dibbles and dabbles in whatever, works with everybody, and defines artist. While the rap game went on a dark and deep production tangent Chance stuck to his guns. He continued to create on soul tapping productions, delivering dope raps flooded in south side colloquiums and culture. With that being said, here is The Chicago Dictionary for Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book….

“No Problem” ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne




79th street is located in the heart of the south side of Chicago. This viciously infamous street runs through a vast majority of the south, east, and southwest neighborhoods. In Chance’s context he is referring to the Chatham neighborhood portion of 79th. Over recent decades 79th street blocks were packed with booming businesses, a plethora of academic institutions, and beautiful bungalows. Today’s 79th, also known as The 9, is now plagued with throbbing issues. 79th street is now plastered with abandoned business, buildings, bullets, and poverty.

Reference| “79th street was America then. Ice cream truck and the beauty supply, blockbuster, and Harold’s again.”

“No Problem” ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne




A Chicago term used to describe an individual with dreadlocks who may have ratchet or rowdy tendencies and traits.

Reference| "If one more label try to stop me, its gone be some dread head n***** in your lobby.”

“No Problem” ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne




This phrase or slogan is derives from and is used in Chicago. It is used to references someone exhibiting forgetfulness, silliness, making a mistake, or the exaggerated effect of using a narcotic. Bro is also a commonly used term for Chicagoans to refer or reference an individual.

Reference|“Don’t tweak bro, its never sweet h**.

“All Night” ft. Knox Fortune



adjective + noun

This Disney based term is used in Chicago to describe a person acting or behaving in a silly or detrimental manner. The term is used on a regular bases and throughout daily Chicago conversations and interactions.

Reference| “You should use a phone to call an Uber, you’re a goofy if you think I don’t know you need a Lyft” …

“Summer Friends” ft. Jeremih & Francis & The Lights

Harold’s Chicken Shack

Harold’s Chicken is a Chicago chicken chain landmark. Harold’s has been chicken king in Chicago for decades. When artist and tourist come to the city..Harold’s is a must.

Reference|“None of my n***** aint have no dad. None of my n***** aint have no choice. JJ, Mikey, Lil Derrick n nem. 79thstreet was America then. Ice cream truck and the beauty supply, blockbusters movies and Harold’s again.”

“Blessings” ft. Ty Dolla Sign

… “House full of Hebru Brantley’s” …

In the concluding track “Blessings”, Chance spits a fierce verse referencing the iconic Chicago artist Hebru Brantley. Hebru Brantley has broken down cultural segregation in Chicago through his breath taking art. His 1980’s Chicago upbringing has influenced and motivated artist of all types throughout the entire city. His work is considered to be youthful characters and their adventures in pop infused cotemporary art in Japanese anime aesthetics and street art appeal of the likes of the great Jean Michel Basquiat.

Reference| “I’m getting artsy-fartsy, house full of some Hebru Brantley’s” …

“Juke Jam” ft. Justin Bieber & Towkio



Noun + Verb

Juke is a Chicago classic word. It has deep roots in the Chicago soil of dance. In the late 80’s youth of the city started to create a new dance involving people dancing and grinding with each other to music. The tempo scaled the music speed spectrum. Fast juking to juke mixes or slow grind juking to a slow jam. Alongside juking was foot working. This dance involved moving your feet in an eccentric and creative way to music. The popularity and intensity of these dances made it a Chicago phenomenon and would be the theme of millions of parties. The dominance of juke and juking elevated the word into a Chicago household noun. People began to use the term to describe something in a positive aspect, similar to, lit and turnt up.

“Summer Friends” ft. Jeremih & Francis & The Lights

“N Nem”



A phrase used to refer to a group of induvials. The phrase is also used to show passion or value in a statement.

Reference| “None of my n***** aint have no dad. None of my n***** aint have no choice. JJ, Mikey, Lil Derrick n nem. 79thstreet was America then.

“Juke Jam” ft. Justin Bieber & Towkio



The Rink is a Chicago south side land mark. This notorious skating rink was a family skating rink during the day and a teenage juke jam jungle on weekend nights. During the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s teenagers from all over the city would cram into this back of the building skating rink. Getting numbers, dancing, skating, and fights would all go down at The Rink.

Reference|“Your big brother footwork, your play sister juke. The Rink was the place, but at that space and time I was too young for you.”

“Smoke Break” ft. Future


Domestic made machined produced cigars. This particular swisha is a Chicago favorite. The induvial packaging and inexpensive price points made this product a go to for people and their recreational activities.

Reference|“We went from white owls to rolls, we went from joints to a bowl.”

“Angels” ft. Saba




The clever Chicago conjunction Woo-Opp-Da-Bam has been around over 20 years. It is used to sum up a conversation or interaction amongst individuals. The context of this phrased is similar to that of “long story short”.

Reference|”They was talking woo-woo this woo-opp-da-bam. City so damn great I feel like Alexand.”

“Juke Jam” ft. Justin Bieber & Towkio



This Chicago phrase is used in romantic relations or general encounters when individuals feel or believe that a person is wasting their time or not being honest about their intentions.

Reference|“You couldn’t stand me, I couldn’t stand you. You say I’m steady playing, but you steady playing too.”

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