Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Amusing though he and his yelp can be, I like him best when anxiety is a mood rather than a subject.
  2. Jun 7, 2013
    91
    What he’s accomplished with Acid Rap is nothing short of remarkable: Just two years removed from high school, and with no label support, he’s crafted the most assured breakthrough Chicago rap release since The College Dropout.
  3. Jun 7, 2013
    90
    There is no denying that with his knack for catchy melodies, descriptive songwriting, and excellent beat selection, Chance displays qualities on Acid Rap that have the potential to catapult him into superstardom. As a project itself, Acid Rap is one sweet, smooth musical journey that grapples with some serious topics in a pleasing manner.
  4. Jun 7, 2013
    88
    Whereas “10 Day” burst with callow exuberance, Acid Rap is a deeper, more emotionally complex work.
  5. Jun 7, 2013
    85
    It is Chance’s ability to transition fluidly between self-imaginings that makes him such an impressive and likeable rapper. It’s also part of what will make Acid Rap one of the major hip-hop releases of this year.
  6. Jun 7, 2013
    85
    Chance the Rapper builds on the formula that Kendrick Lamar rode to success last year, offering a lower-key, more introspective take on Kendrick's confessional half-sung raps.
  7. Jun 7, 2013
    84
    The structure is as expansive and freewheeling as any strange trip.
  8. 83
    Acid Rap is the summer action blockbuster of mixtapes, where the audience need not dig much deeper than the surface to enjoy the best of what the production has to offer.
  9. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    Acid Rap succeeds for all the right reasons a mixtape should, finely balancing an idiosyncratic style, taught rhymes, emotional sincerity and rich production.
  10. Jun 20, 2013
    80
    Though it’s not a perfect collection of songs, as a coming-out party Acid Rap is pretty impressive.
  11. Jun 7, 2013
    80
    The record is engineered so that he never has to. Listen past the last track and be introduced to Acid Rap all over again as a voice promises on loop that it’ll be “Even better than the last time.”
  12. Jun 7, 2013
    80
    Acid Rap is by no means without its kinks--'Favourite Song' and 'NaNa' make for a definite lull to these ears--but the heady Chicago cocktail served up on the tape's other 11 songs paints a splat of vivid colour over the city's newspaper headlines.
  13. Jun 7, 2013
    80
    Ultimately, Acid Rap’s biggest victory is living up to it’s own hype and Chance’s careful packaging of his artistry.
  14. 80
    As a portrait of a city, and a person, Acid Rap is about as good--and as honest--as they come.
  15. Jun 7, 2013
    80
    While the mixtape features strong guest spots from Ab-Soul, Action Bronson and a rare appearance by veteran Twista, none of them overshadow Chance, whose distinctive drawl, rapid-fire delivery and keen ear for experimental beats--ranging from hometown-grown juke to piano jazz--will have a bunch of labels tripping over themselves to sign him.
  16. Jun 7, 2013
    80
    It’s the density of wit, ideas, and verbal invention that makes this one of the year’s defining hip-hop releases, whether Chance is rapping about God’s cell phone battery, racial politics, or merely unleashing thick clusters of rhymes.
  17. Jun 7, 2013
    80
    His new mixtape's best moments gain their power from such good-idea/bad-idea indulgences and batty risk-taking.
  18. While he may not hit the mark every time, he hits far more often than his misses. And when he hits, he hits hard, as some of the best songs on this mixtape are among the best rap tracks so far this year.
  19. 80
    Where the harsh, cold production of drill echoes the harsh, cold sentiments, Chance’s voice and the multi-faceted production are all about change, examining any little moment that might provide some fun and relief.
  20. Jul 3, 2013
    70
    It's far from perfect record--the guests are phoned in, the beats sometime out-cheese pre-breakdown Kanye at his cheesiest--but it has more than a few perfect moments. [Jul 2013, p.68]
  21. Jun 7, 2013
    70
    With simple rhyme schemes, by no means is Chance an incredible rapper, but he is true to his artistry, the person he's growing into and is becoming a force in the new age rap realm.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 157 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Jun 18, 2013
    10
    The joy of being a fan of a particular artist is watching that artist develop, to evolve their music while keeping /growing what made us loveThe joy of being a fan of a particular artist is watching that artist develop, to evolve their music while keeping /growing what made us love them in the first place. Why love Chance? He is crazy, goofy, and funny, but also introspective, value oriented, and deeply caring of what happens to his family and the community he is apart of. He's the type of rapper to talk about how its been a "long time" since he's seen his grandmother smile, then turn around and ask the "f*!# you talm bout" if you come at him the wrong way because of what his city has taught him. That's a little of what we get from #10Day, which I believe deserves at least a 7 out of 10 due to its sheer amount of different from what the mainstream provides. Then he gives us Acid Rap. As the title suggests, its a little bit trippy, but not in a negative way. On this mixtape, Chance fans should immediately notice the increased level of production, a slightly more mature Chance since high school evidenced by songs like "Paranoia(second half of Pusha Man), "Lost," "Everybody's Something", and "Acid Rain", and a rapper that still lets us know he's down to party and have fun on songs like "Juice," "Smoke Again," "Nana," and "Favorite Song." We even get a bit of both on the songs "Cocoa Butter Kisses" and "Chain Smoker." The order of the mixtape is well put together, beginning with a hyped kind of intro and ending with a mellowed out, yet slightly hyped outro. Fitting, because that fits the mood of how the tracks transition in the order of the tape. He's in your face. He wants to be your hero because he's worried problems of a troubled community, and he's both, an aspiring "Captain-save-a-hood" indeed. Although his voice is quite different from most of the mainstream, perhaps it needs to be to catch the average listeners attention, maybe not. He is defiantly an artist that does take adjustment to, so that his always present signature high pitched screech of a voice may be enjoyed. Once the voice barrier is passed, its then all about his lyrics and the beats, both appropriately placed on "Acid Rap." He successfully gives the listener a clear picture of growing up in a troubled Chicago community, presenting a scared but nevertheless caring young man that wants everyone to know his story, and hopefully create some change. So. Good message. Not overly simplistic, developed beats. And lyrics that can alternately fit at a party or a deep thinking session. Sounds like a top-notch mixtape to me Full Review »
  2. Jun 9, 2013
    10
    In this new era of hip-hop we strain to see variety. This album is quite different. Acid Rap is packed with personality and variety and it'sIn this new era of hip-hop we strain to see variety. This album is quite different. Acid Rap is packed with personality and variety and it's exactly what we need to help push hip-hop forward. Compared to 10 Day this is better recorded. It also has catchier songs and better beats as well. Chance is finally blowing up with this great mixtape leading him to success Full Review »
  3. Nov 3, 2013
    10
    Very unique and talented rapper. He shows lyrical ability and one of the most unique flows I have heard in a number of years. Cocoa butterVery unique and talented rapper. He shows lyrical ability and one of the most unique flows I have heard in a number of years. Cocoa butter kisses is one of my favourite tracks on the mixtape and this guy has a bright future ahead of him in hip hop. Full Review »