How Chance the Rapper’s growth over time has slowly but surely pushed me farther away from him

One of my first heroes in rap was Chance the Rapper. He was never my favorite rapper but he felt the most worldly, and by that I mean down to Earth. His 2013 mixtape Acid Rap is in the conversation for one of the best projects of this decade, it’s something I live by. From front to back the tape is masterful. However, the more time passes the more Chance has walked away from this creative space and entered a new one. It’s a place I’m not sure I can follow him.

If you’re reading this you probably know that…


A trip back down memory lane to revisit what was lost in 2018 for Rap’s biggest Titan and the classic song that came out of it

One man holds the title of the biggest artist in the world, the most Billboard top 100 hits of all time and arguably the best brand ambassador on Earth. That man is no other than Aubrey Drake Graham, also known as Drake. 2019 has treated Drake well, he’s teased a new album, released a couple songs and his hometown team the Toronto Raptors captured the NBA title. Still, it wasn’t long ago that things were much different. Just last year Drake engaged in a feud with Pusha T and Kanye West. …


There aren’t many superstars in rap right now. You can count them on your hand. Drake, the biggest artist in the world. Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop’s chosen one. Travis Scott, the flamboyant rockstar. Post Malone, the melodious streaming pop artist. And there’s J. Cole, rap’s sleeping giant. Of the five named, each one handles their game different. Drake, Post Malone and Travis handle their actions similar in that they’re on social media, interact with fans and have a presence even when they’re not releasing music. …


I have come to a conclusion. LeBron James is a superhero. Or maybe he’s the closest thing we’ll ever get to one. When you sit back and think about all he’s accomplished on the court, there’s a good chance you could end up brainstorming for hours. Everyone remembers that one shot or that one block that is cemented into their head. James is unlike any athlete we’ve ever seen. Standing at 6'8, 250 pounds he’s a figure that sticks out more than a pond in a desert. There are players that are the same size as him, such as Carmelo…


My cousin lived 5 to 10 minutes away before I moved. His name was Tre and he was more of a big brother. My family used to be at his house 24/7, and vice versa. Tre was my ultimate plug for anything really, he was one of the few people in my youth that I could legitimately talk to for hours at a time even with him being 5 years older. Our normal conversations were about football, but on one peculiar day it was a little different. He had a new artist for me to listen to. Granted, I didn’t…


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This year the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit their 10 year anniversary. Since 2008, 18 films have hit the theaters and Marvel is shooting 100% from the field. The MCU has one teeny tiny issue though. I call it the doppelganger dilemma. From day one many of our favorite heroes fight their duplicate. In their first 10 years Marvel has improved at mixing up their villains and making you feel for them a little more. Recently I’ve empathized with Vulture, Killmonger and now Ghost. Two of the three characters are alive and well in the MCU, but the best one is…


April 1st — June 31st

Here’s what this list is based off.

  • Sales 20%— 1st week Album Sales, yes, sales do matter, because if no one is buying or streaming your music, then quite frankly, you won’t be in the industry long. However, do not be deceived, sales do not outweigh any of the categories on this list.
  • Charts 20% — Top 100 hits
  • Popularity 20%— Social media followers, subscribers, you can’t be a superstar if people don’t know you.
  • Last Project Reception 20% — How did fans and critics feel about your last project? Did they overachieve or underachieve? In all reality, we’re never…

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There have been a number of celebrities in my childhood / adolescence that I have been a fan of. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, T.I., B.O.B, and Lupe Fiasco have all served as favorites at one point in time. My favorite rapper of all time is Kendrick Lamar, but he wasn’t always #1. The first person to have that place was Logic. I tell people this all the time and they’re consistently surprised. The most common response is “the white guy, you actually like him?” To which I quickly correct them and say “he’s half black y’know.” My journey into being…


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I’m 20 years young right now. If you asked me 10 years ago what I wanted to be in life I would’ve had a quick answer. “I’m going to be the running back for the Tennessee Titans or the Carolina Panthers,” would’ve been my answer. This passion came from being significantly better than most of my peers for a good amount of time. I remember asking my mother one day what she wanted me to buy her once I made millions of dollars playing in the NFL. Not only did her answer surprise me but it would also break my…


January 1st — March 31st

Here’s what this list is based off of.

  • Sales — 1st week Album Sales, yes, sales do matter, because if no one is buying or streaming your music, then quite frankly, you won’t be in the industry long.
  • Charts — Top 100 hits
  • Popularity — Social media followers, subscribers, you can’t be a superstar if people don’t know you
  • Last Project Reception — How did fans and critics feel about your last project? Did they overachieve or underachieve? In all reality, we’re never ever going to agree on who’s the best. What we can do though is assess these artists…

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