Chance the Rapper
In the middle of all the craziness surrounding the bizarre (but brilliant) collaboration between Skrillex and Chance The Rapper earlier tonight, Chance posted a subtle tweet:
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) March 11, 2014
Um, what? A remix of one of the biggest surprise blog hits of 2013 (“Don’t Wait”) by everyone’s favorite newcomer (Chano)? Yes, please. Over Magnus Lidehall’s excellent production, Chance drops a deceptively complex verse based on a strained long-distance relationship that takes detours to sprinkle in biblical metaphors and a Chicago violence reference — all while mixing melody and rhyme as well as he ever did on Acid Rap. Basically, my anticipation for his next solo project is reaching unhealthy levels. I even caught myself humming the Bieber part of “Confident” the other day. It’s getting bad, you guys. Anyway, follow my lead and replay this short remix over and over while you wait.
Chuck Inglish & Chance? The Rapper? link up for a dope, rock sounding, collaboration that will appear on Chuck’s Convertibles album that is dropping in the not so distant future. The blues feel that comes with the song is nothing short of excellent. I’m not the biggest Chuck fan, but kudos to him and Chance for creating “Glam” as it’s worthy of a listen, or two, or three, or forty.
I don’t really have much to say about this video because every time I try to watch it I get distracted (read: disgusted) by Justin Bieber’s attempt at a mustache (read: overgrown peach fuzz) and his attire (read: a ladies’ t-shirt, cardigan and necklace), all of which just leaves me asking “but why?”
Continuing his transition from blog buzz to legitimate mainstream success, Chance The Rapper made his late night television debut last night on The Arsenio Hall Show. He chose to perform Acid Rap highlight “Chain Smoker” with a live band in front of Arsenio’s studio audience. Well, he kinda performed it anyway. The television platform obviously didn’t allow for the song’s colorful language and by the end of the song he looked more excited to dance along to the backing vocal track than actually sing it himself. He got the job done, though. I’m sure a whole new group of people went to their laptops after the show and were introduced to the greatness that is Acid Rap.
The highlight of the appearance was Chance’s brief sit-down with Arsenio. Watch below as he discusses the violence in Chicago and specifically urges those at Grand Crossing Park to take it easy in the coming year.
I forgot to celebrate it the other day, but on December 7th (or maybe 8th, to be honest I can’t remember which), it marked 5 years that I’ve been working on Sunset in the Rearview. It started as something I wanted to do instead of writing a paper for one of my college classes. Its first name was “The Sound of Music,” until somebody I met and told about it let me know how unoriginal that name was. I knew it wasn’t original, but I didn’t have anything in mind to change it to. I can’t remember exactly why I named it Sunset in the Rearview, but I think subconsciously I modeled it after a book my dad wrote called Twilight in the Desert. It’s gone through a lot since then, as I have. Most notably, as it relates to the blog, I have written over 2,000 articles for the site and have met, spoken to, or supported probably over 1,000 artists. There have been talents I’ve found in early days who have blossomed into artists recognized by mainstream listeners, there have been those who have maintained an underground persona, and there have been some who have given up entirely. But I can say with confidence there is one artist who I have had my eye on for almost two years* who has shown a level of talent and progression beyond anybody else I have followed in the 5+ years I’ve been writing about music. Enter: Chance The Rapper. Hit the jump to read on. Continue reading “Chance The Rapper: His Music Before Acid Rap and The Road Ahead” »
I remember watching a video a while back of Chance the Rapper in which he claimed he’s not a singer. There was some other term he used for what you might hear as singing, but he was quick to say that it wasn’t singing. I’m not sure what he would consider himself doing on this cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” from his performance in Syracuse, but it sure sounds like singing to me. The quality isn’t spectacular, but it’s worth watching nonetheless. I’d have to argue it’s not as great as I thought it could be, but any of those moments where Chance slows down and shows his emotions (similar to the part in “Paranoia” where he says “I know you’re scared…me too“) gets to me. So I like this. It’s a ballsy move, but that’s Chance. And that’s why I respect him so much.
James Blake has linked with SITR favorite Chance The Rapper on a remix of his Overgrown single “Life Round Here.” The two are probably the “coolest” artists at the moment and so it’s kind of amazing that they connected for this cross-genre track. Honestly, I’m not in love with the result. The sounds sort of clash, and Chano’s verse just awkwardly ends. Still, it’s super notable that this is the second hip-hop collab for Blake a.k.a. the guy rumored to be featured on every Drake and ‘Ye album since 2010 (the first collab was the RZA feature on Overgrown).
As a fan it has been amazing to watch Chance The Rapper blow up. The climb to hip-hop’s upper echelon has not been an over night thing. Literally, if you for some reason don’t have Chano’s back catalog, scroll through here to catch up. The young MC has been rapping for a minute, and he has finally made it. I mean, he’s got a track with Lil Wayne, one of the best rappers ever, and like, every big name in the industry knows who he is (now including his hero Kanye West).
Since we last wrote about Chance the Rapper, he starred in a Myspace commercial that aired nationwide, freestyled with J. Cole, went on a national tour with Mac Miller, and discovered that his hero Kanye West liked his mixtape Acid Rap. Pretty good for age 20. The Chi-town phenom was also rumored to have signed a label deal, but those rumors have been shut down by the man himself. What we do know is that the sky’s the limit for the young MC, and we are definitely cheering for him. Check out his stellar (get it?) video for Acid Rap cut “Everybody’s Something,” directed by longtime friend and collaborator Austin Vesely.
We’re about half way through July, and almost 7 months into 2013. We’ve had a lot good moments, and I’m sure there’s more to come, but it’s time to do one of these lists! Ya know, cause Sunset writers are your favorite writers out there and you treasure our opinions the most. Other music sites are rolling out their “Best of 2013 So Far,” so we decided to hop in on the action and have all of our writers give you their favorite album, EP, mixtape, and song thus far! Please do remember, these are subject to change come the end of 2013. I hope it does change by the end because what’s listed below is some really, really, really, ridiculously good music.
Also, shout out to our guy, Eric, for the sick artwork.
- Lydia: Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
- Arjun: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Jordan: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Andy: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Dusty: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Eric: Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
- Alicia: Disclosure – Settle
- DPrep: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
- Lydia: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Arjun: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Jordan: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Andy: N/A
- Dusty: Sir Sly – Gold
- Eric: Electric Guest – Good America EP
- Alicia: Yuna – Sixth Street EP
- DPrep: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Lydia: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Arjun: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Jordan: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Andy: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Dusty: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Eric: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Alicia: Kilo Kish – K+
- DPrep: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Lydia: Fryars – On Your Own
- Arjun: Drake – Started from the Bottom
- Jordan: Kanye West – I’m In It
- Andy: Justin Timberlake – Pusher Love Girl
- Dusty: Rihanna – Stay (ft. Mikky Ekko)
- Eric: James Blake – Retrograde
- Alicia: Banks – Before I Ever Met You
- DPrep: Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt