acid-rap-creative dreamChance The Rapper released his second mixtape, Acid Rap, just two days ago. If you love rap, Chicago, acid, soulbeats, Kanye, music or all of the above, you have to check it out. It’s not an advice. It’s an order.

Starting with Good Ass Intro -that may or may not be a reference to Kanye’s never-released album Good Ass Job– you know that this is something special. Nothing like recent artists from the Chi, a.k.a. Chief Keef, Chance The Rapper goes off on a soulful beat with a gospel choir. The vibe on the track will remind you of Kanye’s first two albums and his production for that other Chicago-born rapper, Common. Chance’s flow on the other hand, has more in common with an early-career Eminem or Kendrick Lamar. Acid Rap is the follow-up to the well-received mixtape 10 Day. In an interview with Pitchfork, Chance says about the differences between that first tape and Acid Rap:

“EVERY SONG ON 10 DAY IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SOUND– THE CADENCE, THE FLOW, EVEN THE PRODUCTION– BECAUSE I LIKE SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC AND BECAUSE MY TASTE IS SO REFINED. ACID RAP IS ANOTHER TAPE WHERE EVERY SONG SOUNDS DIFFERENT. BUT THERE’S STILL A CERTAIN SOUND, NOT JUST MY VOICE, THAT FLOWS THROUGH IT, SO PEOPLE CAN MAKE THAT CONNECTION. THIS TIME, NIGGAS WILL BE ABLE TO HEAR A NEW SONG FROM ME AND BE LIKE, “OH, THAT’S CHANCE.”

And, of course, he’s right. It’s always cool to hear someone describe their own taste as ‘refined’, but he has a point when stating that Acid Rap feels more cohesive than 10 Day. And because of that, the tape is nothing less than a free album. Download Acid Rap from Chance The Rapper’s site.

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