Take a Chance…on Chance The Rapper

I haven’t been posting a lot these days.

…And in fact this might be my last post on this current iteration of “Ted-Payne.com”.

I still have a passion for rap music (and will vehemently defend it’s current iteration) but the time for this particular site is nearing an end.  I will probably relaunch this as a personal blog in the future (aka never), and come up with some other rap blog.  Something a bit more cerebral.

If this is my last post, I might as well make it a good one.

I want to talk about Chance the Rapper.

You might not know him now, but all signs point to him blowing up.

Speaking of which, one of my favorite things about this site was putting people on to new music.  I was never the first guy on the net talking about a rapper of course. That is hard to accomplish when the internet is basically an infinite battle between hipsters to prove who can like something first.  You know those total d-bags who put “first post” as a comment on a blogpost or youtube video?   That is essentially what the internet music community has become.

But at least I can take solace that I put my friends (and readers) on to new up and coming artists.  They usually don’t remember, but at least I know.

  • Frank Ocean
  • The Weeknd
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • ASAP Rocky
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Etc

All guys I was talking about before they became huge.  And I mean real world big.  Meaning people in the real world talk about them, not just the denizens of the interwebs.

In fact, I was probably late in internet-time, but in general I was ahead of the curve on those guys.  I don’t bring that up to brag.  I bring it up because it isn’t often I feel as strongly about an artist as I did about the above 6 or 7 guys…

I feel that way about Chance the Rapper.  And yes so does every other dickhead blogger.

I am not nearly the first guy on this bandwagon.  The net has been buzzing about him for awhile now.  In fact, reports are saying that Lyor Cohen himself showed up to a small club to see Chance perform at SXSW this week.  When you got the suit of all suits coming out solo, to see you in a club, you have hype.

If I can put even one person onto him though – it will be worth it.

Speaking of Chance, he was born and raised in Chicago.

I don’t know if everyone is aware, but there are some serious problems in Chicago these days.  A wonderful city from all accounts, but the inner city area is suffering from some high level violence.  A whole music scene has really been born out of this violence.  “Drill” music is massively popular in Chicago and I don’t want to sound like an idiot trying to explain what it is so check out Chief Keef – I Don’t Like – maybe the most popular example.  It is dark, aggressive and it has a lot of detractors.  A lot of people want to blame the music for the violence.  I think we should all know by now that music is usually a reflection of violence in a community, rather than a cause…but “hater’s gonna hate”.

Chance the Rapper is kind of like the anti-drill artist.   I don’t mean that he is against the Drill movement, since he shouts out the aforementioned Chief Keef on a couple of songs. His sound and style is just different.  He is the yin to Drill music’s yang.  He is lyrical, abstract, he sings and uses voice inflection.  On first listen you would think he shares more with Kanye or Kendrick Lamar (neither are a direct comparison for all the people already angrily typing a comment) than Chief Keef…BUT  he is still from Chicago.  His music is still a reflection of what’s going on in the inner city, he just shares the story in a different way.

First time I heard him was on last year’s mxstape: 10 Day.   10 Day is a conceptual album. Chance was suspended from high school for 10 days so this tape is supposed to be the result of that suspension.  If you were heavy into the Chicago scene and Drill music, this album was an eye opener for you.  It was mellow, thoughtful and really creative.   The best way to explain is share some of the music.

Chance The Rapper – 10 Day (visuals):

Chance The Rapper – Family

Chance The Rapper – Hey Ma

Chance The Rapper – Brain Cells

Chance The Rapper – 22 Offs

Chance The Rapper – Nostalgia

You can tell from the above videos he is a talented and versatile artist.  Will it mean he blows up?  I don’t know.  There are many many people paid to a lot of money to make those kind of decisions and even they make mistakes.

The good news is – he keeps getting better and more interesting.

Acid Rap is due to drop April 30th, and this is the mixtape that might blow Chance up.  Judging by the Lyor Cohen appearance at his SXSW performance, Acid Rap might be the last mixtape before a major label debut :O

The three songs dropped off Acid Rap all showcase Chance growing and becoming his own artist.

Some of the guys I have bigged up before on here like Big KRIT or Joey Badass – dropped, caught my attention but then after wards have pretty much stuck to one lane.  It isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but it isn’t as exciting as someone who noticeably evolves.

Check out the visuals dropped for Acid Rap to get a feel of how Chance is potentially evolving into a star.

Acid Rap Visuals

Chance The Rapper – Good Ass Intro

Chance The Rapper – Juice

Check him out and let me know what you think!

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