Aside from being one of the most technically proficient rappers coming up in the game, what makes Chance The Rapper great is his willingness to collaborate. Before Acid Rap he would do features with nearly anyone, which I think is a great quality in a young artist. His guest verses have helped rising Chicago artists, such as Alex Wiley, Kids These Days, and Milo & Otis, get their rightful notice, as well as helped Chance expand his own fan base through collabs with artists like Childish Gambino, Joey Bada$$, and Hoodie Allen.
Hit the jump to download (!) the top 15 verses from Chance The Rapper. Click on the MP3 link to download the songs.
1. Odd Couple – Bombay State of Mind (ft. Uno Hype, Hassani Kwess, Chance The Rapper, & Freeway)
Duration – 2:45 – 3:50
Notable lyric: Couldn’t pay attention, now I can afford focus
Before Acid Rap I thought this was a perfect Chance verse, and it still stands as one of his finest moments on the mic. He seamlessly incorporates each facet of his character into one verse truly painting a picture of youth in Chicago.
2. Milo & Otis – Lift Up (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 0:38 – 2:23
Notable lyric: Let’s collab but not really in music, let’s make jokes that not really amusing
I don’t think a more romantic rap verse has ever been written. Seriously. Follow along with the lyrics on Rap Genius. Can we also agree that slow melodic Chance is the best Chance?
3. The O’My’s – The Wonder Years (ft. Chance The Rapper & Nico Segal)
Duration – 1:34 – 2:17
Notable lyric: You going back in fall? You playin’ the fall back?
Chance basically rips a scratched verse from “Hey Ma” here as he blacks out into a nostalgic few bars.
4. Kids These Days – Wasting Time (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 1:07 – 2:06
Notable lyric: I know that I was nowhere around, holding you down doing shows knowing hoes was around
On this feature for the recently disbanded Kids These Days, Chano talks candidly about a relationship gone sour. What he does here seems simple but the rhymes are packed in incredibly tight. Chance wastes no time, telling this entire story in under a minute. Maybe I’m just a geek, but the assonance in this verse is just such classic Chance.
5. ProbCause – Three Course Meal (ft. Action Bronson & Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 1:39 – 2:34
Notable lyric: French Inhaling blow, an inch away from almost being unintentional, attention all kids in the hall, you need extensive detentions and intervention, a two-week suspension and a bunch of whippins with extension cords
Chicago’s ProbCause gets Chance and Action Bronson on the same track, and obviously it’s insane. Chano spits one of his most outrageous verses to date–yet somehow it works. He references Dragon Ball Z and Feel Good Paris, while shouting out a few important members of his team.
6. Vic Spencer – National Geographical (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 1:50 – 3:12
Notable lyric: I think people think I’m losing it all, and I don’t think I’m losing at all
The ability to switch from emotional to boastful à la Drake or ‘Ye is on display here. He goes from talking about violence in Chicago to calling Save Money the new Wu-Tang, and it all makes sense and never seems disjointed at all. He also sings real pretty at the end, no homo.
7. Childish Gambino – They Don’t Like Me (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 0:25 – 1:30
Notable lyric: Tonight, I’mma make decisions for life, take some lucy’s boomer’s dark liq’ and light, some might drive
A fun fact about this beat is that it was originally called “Saturday,” which explains why Chance mentions Thursday and Friday in his verse. Also, in a way this is more than a feature. Gambino raps around Chance’s main verse, and I think that meant a lot to Chance, who didn’t love his verse when he first sent it back.
8. BenZel – Semi Detached (ft. Cass Lowe & Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 1:39 – 2:04
Notable lyric: She know whenever we fighting and whenever we cool, but my favorite thing she know is that she’ll never be you
Even though this is one of my favorite songs of 2013, Chance’s verse is only 25 seconds long! Still, he packs it with a short narrative about an affair that brings the song full circle. The features (Cass Lowe and Chance) are used so perfectly on this piece; other artists, take notes from BenZel.
9. Lorine Chia – Livin’ in Vein (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 1:14 – 2:13
Notable lyric: Livin’ life on a ledge, peakin’ over the edge, thinkin’ about fallin’ while dreamin’ about flyin’
Cleveland’s Lorine Chia is going to be famous. She was recently included on a fake Yeezus tracklist, which is so cool considering how she is very much still an artist on the come up. Chance gets a minute on “Livin’ in Vein” and does his thing. Also, at the 1:29 mark he shows off that criminally under-appreciated singing voice.
10. Alex Wiley – Spaceship II (ft. Chance The Rapper & GLC)
Duration – 1:59 – 2:47
Notable lyric: Southside, out West, South By Southwest, doubt my prowess, I guess ’bout now I’m fresh
The comparisons between Chance and a young Kanye go way passed the Chicago residency. Apparently, Chano’s recording voice used to sound exactly like ‘Ye’s. Also, both of Chance’s albums sound completely different, both artists grew up in middle class families, and both are very hands-on with their producers. This homage to Kanye’s “Spaceship” finally brings the two artists together–err, well kinda.
11. Gaines – We Are (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 2:09 – 3:06
Notable lyric: My teacher asked me, “You ever died? You ever died? Don’t move away from here, ‘cause if you do you never might, it’s utopic and you hope it’s not a hoax or fucking lie or bogus fucking joke or hocus pocus of the eye”
It is so rare for an artist to be able to jump through these impressive lyrical hurdles while maintaining a cohesive storyline. That’s what Chance does here, as he candidly discusses the horrific violence in his hometown while doing remarkable things with his flow and delivery.
MP3: “We Are” – Gaines
12. Hoodie Allen – Long Night (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 2:10 – 2:51
Notable lyric: Let’s fuck in a Wendy’s bathroom, get frosty, forget the Sprite
This collaboration did not disappoint. The two SITR favorites made one of the most fun rap tracks of the year with Chance winning at life with the most quotable, hilarious line of the decade (above). Igh!
13. Joey Bada$$ – Wendy N Becky (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 2:18 – 3:07
Notable lyric: We used to smoke nickels inside of Nichols Park, I payed the piper, the pickle she used to pick apart
Say that (above) three times fast. I dare you.
A lot of people think these two guys represent the new school of hip-hop, and if that means more songs like “Wendy N Becky,” I am completely supportive of that. Chancellor also is the first rapper I know to mention emojis in a song, which is very important and really a piece of rap history if you ask me (don’t).
14. Tinashe – Ecstasy (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Duration – 2:13 – 2:56
Notable lyric: Why don’t, y-o-u and I fly off to Dubai so I can dive in your bayou thought of buyin’ you the sky
I have the biggest crush on Tinashe. That’s all I want to say about this verse. I am very, very jealous of Chance.
15. Kami de Chukwu – Home (ft. Caleb James, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, & Michael Anthony)
Duration - 3:17 – 4:06
Notable lyric: Chance The Rap Master fax in my taxes, shows is my classes, drugs is my FAFSA
As cliché as it sounds, I think Chance is at his best when he’s messing around with his Save Money crew. These guys truly push each other to new levels, which is so important for a developing artist. If you want to educate yourself on the rest of the crew, this track is a GREAT place to start.