|Cocoa Butter Kisses|
|Chance The Rapper Cigarettes on cigarettes, my mama think I stank I got burn holes in my hoodies, all my homies think it's dank I miss my cocoa...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 21 out of 21
Mixed: 0 out of 21
Negative: 0 out of 21
Jun 7, 2013There 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.
Jun 7, 2013While 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.
Apr 28, 2015With his unique yelps, ingenious album composition, and smooth yet somehow stuttering flow; Chance has created possibly one of the bestWith his unique yelps, ingenious album composition, and smooth yet somehow stuttering flow; Chance has created possibly one of the best composed musical journeys of the decade.… Expand
Jun 18, 2013The 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… Expand
Feb 17, 2015An experimental album with a unique style in Chance's flow alongside the production of Chance's choice. It may not be everyone's cup of music,An experimental album with a unique style in Chance's flow alongside the production of Chance's choice. It may not be everyone's cup of music, but the more you listen to the project, the more you will enjoy it. It took me a few listens since its release for me to appreciate it the way I do today. Chance comes with a wacky, fun, and eccentric sense of character in his flow and style (similar to some early Danny Brown) , but does not let down in capturing the emotion in each track whether it be fun (for example Juice and Favorite Song), or thoughtful and mellow (Example Acid Rain and Everybody's Something). If you want a something a bit different and unique in your hip hop, this would be an ideal project to listen to.… Expand
Feb 24, 2015This is one of the most enjoyable collections of music I've heard. Chance brings a unique style and sound that is refreshing to hear. The kidThis is one of the most enjoyable collections of music I've heard. Chance brings a unique style and sound that is refreshing to hear. The kid is a real lyricist and the production of the mixtape is great. Looking forward to what he puts out next.… Expand
Jan 27, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The ever eccentric Chance the Rapper delivers satisfactorily with his new tape. Chance has a unique, wild, and just strange delivery style and voice. With those things shows heaping amounts of creativity and expression. With this he fills an unappreciated void in current hip-hop that a lot of rappers don’t explore. This would explain why he’s been so popular lately.
The first thing to take into contexts is Chance’s skills on the mic. Chance has a dynamic rhythm with his rapping that’s upbeat and jazzy, which you notice right away in the intro. The first tracks presents an amazing ability to spit in a near instrumental type of way, all while retaining flow and having great synergy with the beat. On top of all this great technical ability he can also sing quite well, a skillset in hip-hop that is only really matched by Layzie Bone and Z-ro. This results in an amazing sonic experience with this album vocally.
Chan-o is hella creative like I said before. His distinctive ad-libs are entertaining and well-placed despite how obnoxious they are. He comes up with awesome melodies that are present in the majority of his hooks and even his verses; which he himself say “are sounding less verse-y.” The rapper also has a lot of unexpected lines and lines that break the fourth wall like “Her **** like me, her heart like f*ckit” and
“All this medicine in me hoping I don’t get sick
Making all of this money, hoping I don’t get benched
Cuz n*ggas still gettin bodied for foams.
Sometimes the truth don’t rhyme”
A counterargument to his creativity is the lack of variety in his sound sometimes. Too many of these songs have this Wyclef-esque, reggae-inspired style of crooning, and it starts to wear on you by about the halfway mark of the album.
As far as lyrics there’s the creative and artistic moments like those I stated before. Then, less impressively, there’s some clever-but-simple punchlines, and under that there are the times when he’s not really talking about anything at all. He does have a few song subjects floating around, but they aren’t super focused. In fact, they’re kinda jittery and make it apparent that this guy really is on drugs. Sometimes he’s actually reminiscent of Lil B with his eccentric and random lyrics. He especially sounds like the based god when he is being overly optimistic or talking about cheesy love stuff like the interlude.
I don’t feel this mixtape is meant to have a lyrical focus, though.
Features on here are pretty well-placed for the most part. It’s not really important to the worth of the project, but I had to address them. The singers in “Good *ss Intro” are lovely and formulate a great collective sound. “Cocoa Butter Kisses” features help balance and focus the song a little bit more than I think Chance would’ve on his own. In “Lost”, Gypsy fits and complements the song with her female perspective. Gambino fits well with Chance due to their shared awkwardness and sort of comedic rapping styles. “Nana” sounds like an instrumental that Bronson would be on in the first place. As a comical spitter he pairs well, but it feels like he tried to hard to match the whimsicality of Chance. “Smoke Again” is probably the most non-acclaimed album on this whole thang, but still is quite entertaining. The beat is a hella simple and cliche trap beat, and trap beats are starting to go out of style fast. Chance added a fun spin to it with his random yelps over the track, though. Ab-Soul’s verse had very low lows, but I can’t hate on it.
It just feels wrong to take Acid Rap and Soulo’s verse too seriously.
Acid Rap is a project of abounding eccentrics and creativity. From that perspective it is indeed a “breath of fresh air”. Chance excels in delivery in a way few other rappers can, including the greats. Chance isn’t quite a great himself, but has potential to be if he cleans up and focuses his lyricism. Good job, Chance the Rapper.
Frosted like flakes.
My Favorites: “Good *ss Intro” “Pusha Man”
Songs That Blew Me: No whole songs blew me but overuse of that reggae-ish style blew me along with some songs leaving more to be desired.
Jun 19, 2013I am a huge hip hop head. But I'm older now (36), so I need both beats and rhymes. Beats this had...rhymes and voice I didn't get. LyricsI am a huge hip hop head. But I'm older now (36), so I need both beats and rhymes. Beats this had...rhymes and voice I didn't get. Lyrics were nto that good. Dude is average but his voice IMO is awful. Couldn't listen to this dude spit for 10+ songs. My choice is to stay away. Many better albums to pick up.… Expand
Published: December 4, 2013Throughout the coming weeks, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from dozens of music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
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