Chance the Rapper
About a week ago Chance The Rapper released his much-anticipated sophomore mixtape Acid Rap. The album quickly became, perhaps, the one project the entire Internet seemed to agree on. Now, we have gathered (I imagine Lydia with a conch shell calling us to do these reviews) on Google Hangout to give our very #important input. Who do you agree with most? What did you think about Acid Rap?
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*IRL means “in real life”–if you didn’t know
If you haven’t downloaded Chance the Rapper‘s Acid Rap yet, you’re missing out on what might be the independent release of the year. Yes, it is that good. There was a secret track on the mixtape called “Paranoia” featuring LA producer Nosaj Thing. Both artists came together for an interview with Yours Truly to talk about the track and where it came from. Watch the interview below and stream the track after the jump.
With every song, every time I get in the booth I want to record it 40 different times so I can see what I really want to do. Eventually I hear the one that I want to use. -Chance the Rapper
It’s been a few days since Chance The Rapper‘s Acid Rap dropped. We have now had some time to consume the tape and argue with our Internet friends whether it’s a modern classic or not. The way I see it is those arguments are for the future and right now we should just enjoy the great collection of songs provided by young Chancellor. Another thing we should do is take note of the Chicago-born talent he featured on his tape. For every Twista and Action Bronson feature, Chance added one or two lesser known Chicago rappers/producers. Most notably, perhaps–Noname Gypsy.
Her standout verse on “Lost” was truly a highlight of Acid Rap for me, so like any mediocre blogger I googled her name. Her SoundCloud page has a couple of tracks, but “Sunday Morning” was really on a different level. The beat actually sounds like something from Acid Rap and her flow is even reminiscent of Chance’s flow. Hold up, did we just find the female Chance The Rapper?
I’ve been listening to Chance the Rapper’s new mixtape, Acid Rap, nonstop since yesterday. I haven’t allowed myself to listen to anybody else’s music. I also haven’t allowed myself to listen to the tape out of order, because it tells a really good story when listened front to back, left to right, top to bottom, whatever you want to call it. That said, I’m still the type of person who wants to pick a favorite song, and as I listened over and over again, I kept coming back to the beautiful ballad that is the seventh track, “Interlude (That’s Love).” It’s a short track, coming in at 2:29, but every second of it is pure love. Chance takes a break from talking about the acid trips, the love of the fans, the money, the clubs to say that what’s better than all of that is falling in love and loving family. (Hit the jump for the full lyrics for “Interlude (That’s Love).) Take a second to listen to Interlude (That’s Love) and let yourself fall in love with Chance the Rapper.
Last year Chance The Rapper became an instant favorite of ours. His mixtape #10Day took us to his high school Chicago’s prestigious Jones College Prep, where he got suspended for a week just before prom and graduation. But it also took us further back to young Chancellor growing up in the Windy City, finding himself as a person as well as a rapper. #AcidRap moves us further. This time into the mindset of a 20-year-old wizard with a formidable flow that can switch in an instant and an undulating voice that deftly takes you through the motions of an outer-worldly experience. It’s more mature and more playful at the same time, alternating between juke beats popularized in Chicago and soulful piano medleys. In a musically-stacked 2013, this (note: I’m totally writing this based on the singles and previews) seems to stand out like a beacon of hope. Too far? Forget it. Just download the tape below.
So, as usual, I was scouring Twitter today and saw Chance going off with a new TT, “#SmokeAgain,” and I thought, “Shit, man. Chance is gonna drop a weed song and I hate weed songs and I’m gonna wanna hate it but I won’t be able to because it’s Chance and I can’t hate anything he does.”
I was right. And wrong. But mostly right, which is cool because that doesn’t happen for me a lot. I was right because I can’t hate this song, but I was wrong because I don’t even want to hate it. For obviously being a weed song, it doesn’t really make me want to hurt small animals like most weed music (and the day of 4/20, to be honest) because of an awesome, horn-driven beat from Blended Babies and a very, very cool Illroots-directed video. And obviously Ab-Soul doesn’t disappoint with his verse. All I know is that I keep becoming more and more impressed by Chance as I hear more of Acid Rap, and I wasn’t sure that was entirely possible but it happened.
S/O to ItsTheBino shoutouts doe. Check back here on Tuesday for Acid Rap too y’all.
The day The Hood Internet included Chance the Rapper in a mashup is the day that Chance the Rapper made it. I mean, maybe not, but like…that’s fucking cool, am I right? Anyway, here’s what Chance the Rapper sounds like over a Girl Unit beat. I think I prefer Chance on his own, but whatever…it’s still cool that this happened.
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, but like, Arjun also had a dream. Actually, I have a lot of dreams. My dreams are probably very different than Dr. King’s and pretty much like this “NaNa” video. Jash, a comedy collective headed by Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts, gave comedian Hannibal Buress $5,000 to direct a music video for Sunset favorite Chance The Rapper. Featuring a cameo from Donald Glover, the video basically consists of Chance and Hannibal fooling around the city and spending tons of money on every but the video.
Acid Rap will be available online (here) on April 30th.
Third single from AcidRap. I feel like DeAndre Jordan when Chance drops a new song. Peep below. It’s probably cause I got the juice.
You’re gonna wanna get on some other ish for this video. Dope visuals from our Chi-Town rapper. #AcidRap drops April 30th. Who’s excited? ME.
BenZel is made up of two Japanese teens, Umi Takahashi (age 15) and Yoko Watanabe (age 16), and they are about to become a major problem in the music industry. The duo already have a song with indie queen Jessie Ware and have been remixed by legendary hip-hop producer Xaphoon Jones. Now, they can add Sunset favorite Chance The Rapper to their short, but impressive list of collaborators. At first, this track sounds like a dream mix of James Blake and The xx, finding complexity in the subtle backdrop. After Chance’s quick verse or, perhaps, when the final guitar solo kicks in, you realize it’s something much more. It’s all BenZel, finding their sound, and it’s a damn good one.
Chance? The Rapper? With two songs in one week? What is this, Heaven? Might as well be. Chance The Rapper and Joey Bada$$ put out a song together today with a jazzy backdrop by Thelonius Martin. I tell you what, pretty much anything Chance The Rapper spits resonates with me, because his voice alone is entertaining to listen to. I’m particular with those, too. Really not a fan of Common, despite understanding his quality material, because his voice irks me. Chance, though? Right on the money. Chance outrapped Joey Bada$$ on this one, even though it’s a Joey track.
Slow and soulful. Slow ya roll.
After probably a billion hashtags and retweets, Chicago’s own Chance The Rapper dropped the second single from his highly anticipated project Acid Rap. This one is set at a relaxed pace over a violin-accompanied beat and features some revealing verses about the young rapper’s relatively quick rise in the industry, substances he’s messing around with, and the uncertainty that comes with devoting your life to your art. Goosebumps during the last minute’s R. Kelly-inspired outro.