Acid Rap [Mixtape] – Chance The RapperMay 30, 2013
A friend passed this mixtape on to me a month ago and it really blew my mind. Chance The Rapper is, as you might expect, a rapper. His style of rap really gets back to the lyrics. “Wordplay” is probably the best way to describe his dancing through puns, meaning, rhyme, and rhythm without seeming to exert much effort at all. This doesn’t mean he neglects his instrumentals. The entire mixtape can be downloaded here.
“Pusha Man” is actually a seven minute track, two songs separated by a bit of silence. While I find the first movement OK, the second one hooked me, and hard. So I cut it down to share the song I’ve come to love. The instrumental sets the stage with a bleak, uneasy, slow progression of distorted treble chords. Stepping to the fore swiftly, Chance The Rapper starts out slow and quiet, introducing the hook before starting the first verse. These verses showcase his syncopated, poetic, and effortlessly rhyming style of rap. His talent is obvious when he conveys a serious idea in entirely conversational rhythm, perfect rhyme, and a dose of humor. Enjoy it.
This track is an interlude, yet it’s a better song than many out there. It holds more of the great style that Chance The Rapper seems to have trademarked. This song begins with a series of puns built around the message that family and love is better than more individual activities, be it drugs, food, or work. It is incredibly clever and worth listening to several times over until all the lyrics are clear. He follows these puns with a joyous, “that’s love!” Give it a listen or three!
Built upon an instrumental of chiptunes and drums, this track tells the story of smoking and a mother’s love. Hectic verses drive home just how skilled Chance The Rapper is at rhyming while the chorus is enjoyable and entirely sweet. Check it out!