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April 24, 2013
Last spring, South Side artist, Chance the Rapper, released his second self-released mix tape, "Acid Rap" (available for free at chanceraps.com). The promise shown on his precocious 2012 debut, "10 Day," had expanded to include a wider range of music, everything from psychedelia to old-school soul and Cotton Club R&B.
The novelistic level of detail, the willingness to open himself up and explore his insecurities, and the humanism that courses through the melodies make "Acid Rap" one of the most accomplished hip-hop albums in a Chicago tradition built by artists such as Common, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West and Rhymefest.
-Greg Kot, Tribune critic