12 Jul 2016

Feature: A Re-Introduction to Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap


For all of you newly obsessed Chance The Rapper fans, I feel that it is a must for you to understand why Acid Rap was truly his breakout mixtape. The point of this article is not to take away from the true beauty and success of Coloring Book, but more to show these “Chance Newlyweds” just how special Acid Rap really was. In order for me to achieve this, I will give you the three must-listen-to songs on Acid Rap (even though this is one of those “start-to-finish-no-skips” type of mixtapes). The order you listen to these songs is crucial. I didn’t go from best to worst (or vice versa), the order is more in place for you to understand how Chance transitions from each sound to create a complete, diverse mixtape.

Smoke Again (feat. Ab-Soul)

Get in the car, roll down the windows and enjoy the ride. As the hook ends and Chance comes in for his first verse, he brings you his signature sound where you’re not sure if he’s talking or rapping to you. Either way, I guarantee that you will love this new style of rap that he introduces.

Cocoa Butter Kisses (feat. Vic Mensa & Twista)

With the infectious hook and exceptional J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production, this song is an instant favorite. Chance preaches about every kid’s transition from his teenage years to his early twenties. That balance between being the cool kid while still being a momma’s boy. Finally, just as you get used to the flow of the song, Twista arrives and you have to double take to make sure your listening to the same song. However, after the first few lines you realize the song wouldn’t be complete without him.

Chain Smoker

Chain Smoker is my favorite song on Acid Rap (and maybe on any mixtape, ever). This is one of those hooks that you and your kids will be singing together 30 years from now. Nate Fox delivers some diverse but wonderful production and Chance prepares you for the end of his breakout project.