Albums of the Year 2013
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12.) Acid Rap - Chance The Rapper
Before Bro Bible, and the incredibly large world that is fraternity culture claimed Chance, he was a boy from Chicago being overly creative. Even early in the game he had promise. I’m not talking about 10 Day, but more like his surprisingly great guest features on other hot acts (Joey Bada$$ and Childish Gambino). What marks his ascent as unique is his old school beat approach, and his lack of making anything that remotely resembles Drill. This is a release that centers on Chicago. It’s a straightforward work of soul sampling beats, and new creative journeys, not to mention some fabulous features that would normally outrank the young MC.
The obvious hip-hop comparison here though is Kanye West. Chance is anadmitted fan, and they both hail from the same town. Where West made an album about Chicago, it was hidden through background meaning and feature choices. Chance is more up front. He speaks to the violence of the city right to your face. “I hate crowded beach, the sound of fireworks” and “everybody dies in the summer” are clear statements to the mass youth loss that has occurred in the city recently. Let’s hope Chance continues to use his life as a jumping board of passion.