Chance the Rapper
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
Chance The Rapper has gone from the kid who was expelled from high school and put together a mixtape in 10 days that gained some good traction to the kid who took that opportunity and ran with it like no other. He released what is arguable the best mixtape of the year in Acid Rap, and now he’s got every major label fighting to sign him. But rather than letting it phase him and blow up his ego, Chance keeps doing his thing. He teamed up with ProbCause on a song called LSD that they released just a couple days ago, and while I don’t think it’s the best thing that I’ve ever heard from either of these two, it’s still a solid showing from Chance (I think he makes the song worth listening to). This is a release leading up to the release of ProbCause’s mixtape, The Recipe Vol. 2, on July 16th.
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 stream and download (!) the top 15 verses from Chance The Rapper… Continue reading “Chance The Rapper’s 15 Best Guest Verses [Free Download]” »
Earlier today Noisey‘s Ryan Bassil dug up this old Chance The Rapper material from two years ago that I just had to share. Through these early songs, you can clearly see the rapper’s talent and development in full focus. Check out the old Blogspot maintained by Chano (Chance) and his friend J-emcee here, and stream songs by Chance’s old group Instrumentality below.
P.S. “Somewhere, Nowhere U.S.A.” is really quality. Like rip that from SoundCloud and add it to your Chano collection immediately.
Paying homage to the Kanye West original, the two Chicago MCs go toe-to-toe over an altered “Spaceship” beat. This is the new school of hip-hop y’all.
Cop Alex Wiley‘s new Club Wiley mixtape below. It features Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper (3 times!), Vic Mensa, Hood Internet, and Javelin.
Lil College Dropout, blame it on ‘Ye.
Okay, I know it is a Saturday, but today is also June 1st a.k.a. the beginning of the summer months. Did you really expect me to drop a summer mixtape on any other day? Welcome to Summer is the perfect driving-with-the-windows-down mixtape. Like, that is the sole reason I made it. Whether you’re rolling into town blasting RL Grime‘s remix of Chief Keef (making eye contact with the old lady in the car next to you at a stoplight) or just shouting the lyrics of Planetarian‘s “Swim” at the top of your lungs as you cruise down the interstate, this mix works. Plus, how legendary is the sequence of Chance The Rapper into Reggie Watts into Chief Keef into Disclosure?
- Fyfe – Introduction
- Rhye – One of Those Summer Days
- Heems – Medium Green Eyes (ft. Safe)
- Kitty – Dead Island
- Tyler, The Creator – Bimmer
- Planetarian – Swim
- Peter and Kerry – Fucking Around
- Thundercat – Oh Sheit It’s X
- Autre Ne Veut – Play by Play
- Everything Everything – Don’t Try
- Pigeon Hole – June
- Bayou – Forever Deluxe
- Chance The Rapper – Pusha Man (ft. Nate Fox & Lili K.) [Edit]
- Reggie Watts – The Monster and the Princess
- Chief Keef – Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)
- Disclosure – When a Fire Starts to Burn
- Petite Noir – Noirse
- Francis and the Lights – ETC
- San Cisco – Outro
You daydream about the sea, and I daydream you’ll be mine,
Underneath the shade of leaves, stars over the trees,
Spending a whole summer with you that sounds alright, I’ll,
Meet you in the evening so we can swim tonight
P.S. In case you missed it I made a promo video for this tape. First ever, very rare.