Despite noble aims and bright spots, Chance's third mixtape falls short of Acid Rap's frenzied heights.
Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment didn't make a rap album, and they want you to know that.
Peter Holslin ghost-wrote the music to Rugrats I know the lyrics to the Reading Rainbow theme by heart. And while it’s been a long time since I’ve watched that show, I can still dig the tripped-out synths and funky drums featured on the original recording from the series premiere in 1983. But, alas, PBS children’s […]
Kyle Ellison lives his life like a candle in a wind tunnel Chance the Rapper is the kind of clumsy-ass Sesame Street rap name that we all wish we didn’t have to say out loud. For the most part you can get away with shortening it to Chance, but on a scale of 1 to […]
If you’re keeping track of the James Blake rap collaborations, his union with Chance the Rapper is superior to his one with RZA. But the RZA told me earlier today in an interview that “the world has the power to make it bong bong for everyone.” I was feeling sick and now I am healed, […]
Chance The Rapper released one of the years best albums. You already know. But you may not know how he got to where he is today. These illustrations from Brad Beatson will help.  When school said fuck Chance, Chance said fuck school (Graduation night teachers Ferris Bueller’d my name, Fun fact / I’m never going back […]
Chance the Rapper has a future as Chance the Actor if he wants one. He has that natural silent film comic thing where he can convey emotion through an arm raise or eye bulge, even when his face is largely obscured by swirling graphics. I spoke my peace on Acid Rap a while ago. It […]
Matthew Schonfeld is a classically trained theremin-rap master. Chicago’s Save Money crew is way more than just Chance The Rapper. The collective encompasses the sweeping diversity of Chicago’s arts culture. There are rappers, singers, painters, videographers, producers, and jazz musicians. Nico Segal fits somewhere in between — originally sitting as trumpet player for the defunct […]
Tosten Burks looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the plug-in Hummer. When you listen to new music every day, it’s easy to be cynical. You’re looking for music to prove itself to you. This is what breeds the sexploitation of cynical music. What critics love the most is counter-traditionalism. Rebellion. The “new.” But then there’s music […]