Download the new mixtape by Chance the Rapper
We're done with Chief Keef now, right? Okay, good. Let's move on.
It's inevitable and stupid that Chance the Rapper will be compared to Chief Keef. Yes, both are from the South Side, but their differences run far deeper than one being from Englewood, the other from Chatham. The headier and occassionally silly hip-hop of Chancelor "Chance" Bennett has nothing to do with trap, the machine-like, trigger-obsessed trunk rumble of Keef, Lil Durk, Lil Reese, et al. Because of geography, Kanye comparisons are common, too, but that's not exactly right, either. Well, Chance perhaps calls to mind College Dropout, when Kayne was nerdier and hungry.
No, the first rapper that came to mind when hearing Chance, one of our most anticipated acts of Lollapalooza, was Childish Gambino, who appears on the fantastic new mixtape Acid Rap. The 20-year-old rhymes in a voice that is loose and nasally. Sometimes, he naturally slips into a patois, like an unexpectedly wanted hybrid of Humpty and Horance Andy. Acid is an apt description. We're flashing back to the playful, sample-happy, soulful golden era of De La Soul, Leaders of the New School, the Pharcyde and other psychedelic early-'90s troupes.