REQUESTED REVIEW #3: ‘Acid Rap’ by Chance the Rapper
9/10- from acid rock to acid jazz, Acid Rap gave us Chano’s magnum opus.
Like Kendrick, Chance really reached full mainstream exposure in 2015-2016, marked by a Grammy sweep and making perhaps one of the greatest singles of the century, ‘Ultralight Beam’, even outshining the notorious West himself in divine gospel. Colouring Book defined a return of the witty Chicago gospel jazz that had been gathering dust from Late Registration, and many from the hip-hop community reasoned that Chance got better with each album. However, upon listening back to Acid Rap, you see the Chance who has just escaped from the vices on 10 Day and is on the stairway to Colouring Book heaven, and in my opinion, it is here that you find him at his most interesting. He is not as focused, disjointed in delivery and ideas, and that’s his main selling point, ridiculous but reflective, mad but melancholy. He screams euphorically on ‘Favourite Song’ but he looks back on childhood (‘Cocoa Butter Kisses’) and the aftermath of ‘all this medicine’ (‘Acid Rain’). He slows down completely from the fast stream of consciousness and scat, not focusing on his bars but evoking pure emotion in the tone at which he says stuff, and he controls how it sounds by the genre which he samples (from reminiscent blues to aggressive drill). Chance the Rapper is still one of the most talented MCs in the world and now someone who can be a role model for not just Chicago, but worldwide-however, there’s that youth on Acid Rap that he has matured from that, ever so slightly, you wished he could have held on to.