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Acid Rap
Chance the rapper acid rap.jpg
Mixtape by
ReleasedApril 30, 2013
Recorded2012–2013
Studio
  • Soundscape Studios
  • Force One Seven Studios
  • Classick Studios
  • (Chicago)
Genre
Length53:52
Producer
Chance the Rapper chronology
10 Day
(2012)
Acid Rap
(2013)
Surf
(2015)

Acid Rap is the second mixtape by American rapper Chance the Rapper. It was released on April 30, 2013, as a free digital download. In July 2013, the album debuted at number 63 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, due to bootleg downloads on iTunes and Amazon not affiliated with the artist.[1] The mixtape has been certified "diamond" on mixtape site Datpiff, for garnering over 10,000,000 downloads.[2]

Background and production[edit]

Use of LSD[edit]

Chancelor Bennet has admitted that some LSD was used in the production of this mixtape. Bennett has said, "[There] was a lot of acid involved in Acid Rap. I mean, it wasn't too much — I'd say it was about 30 to 40 percent acid... more so 30 percent acid."[3] He has also made it clear that LSD's involvement was just a small factor in the making of the mixtape. Bennett has said that, "It wasn't the biggest component at all. It was something that I was really interested in for a long time during the making of the tape, but it's not necessarily a huge faction at all. It was more so just a booster, a bit of fuel. It's an allegory to acid, more so than just a tape about acid."[3]

Cover art[edit]

The cover art for Acid Rap was based on a real picture taken at South by Southwest, an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas. The picture was taken by Brandon Beuax, who also designed the cover art for Bennett's previous mixtape 10 Day.[4] The picture happened by chance, according to Beaux, "I had made these Tie Dye tank tops before we went to SXSW and I gave them to Chance… In the back of my mind I'm like I hope you wear this."[5]

Production[edit]

Bennett used artists and producers from Chicago who he had also worked with before. The acid jazz sound of the mixtape can be attributed to the collaboration of artists and producers from multiple genres.[6] Bennett has said, "People that I worked with on other projects from multiple genres just came together to make a dope tape." Bennett attributes most of the funky or jazz sound to Peter Cottontale saying, "Peter Cottontale is a really sick jazz pianist."[6]

Bennett describes Acid Rap as more of a music based album and less of a story-based album when compared to his previous mixtape. When asked to compare 10 Day to Acid Rap Bennett said, "Acid Rap is just a whole different monster; it's me as an adult making great music instead of a kid trying to explain a story. It's less of a conceptual project. It's still very cohesive, storytelling-wise, and its own project. But it's more music-based than story-based this time. I'm still telling the story of what it's like coming out of high school, not going to college and my experience with LSD. The new music that I started listening to has got a really heavy Acid Jazz base to it. It's just really good songs; it's a collection of great songs, which is exactly what #10Day is. But it's more of just a really good album than a story."[7]

Release[edit]

Acid Rap was released as a mixtape and not an album. Bennett said, "One of my biggest talents is performing live[8]." This gave him the idea to make his money by selling merchandise and performing live. Along with these reasons he also chose to release his music as a mixtape because he wanted to create free music. More recently he has also rapped about his hatred for record labels in one of his more recent songs, No Problem.[9] Bennett being unsigned also gives him the ability to collaborate with any artists of his choosing. Collaboration was a main factor in the production of Acid Rap and that is another reason why Bennett decided to remain unsigned.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic86/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
The A.V. ClubA−[11]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[12]
Consequence of Sound4/5 stars[13]
Fact4/5[14]
MSN Music (Consumer Guide)A−[15]
Pitchfork8.4/10[16]
PopMatters8/10[17]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[18]
Spin8/10[19]
XXL4/5[20]

Acid Rap was met with universal acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, the mixtape received an average score of 86, based on 21 critics, which indicates "universal acclaim".[10] It was also nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.[21] The mixtape was ranked at number 2 on SPIN Magazine's list[22] and number 26 on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 best albums of 2013, and first on their list of best mixtapes of 2013.[23] It was the second most downloaded mixtape on MixtapeMonkey.com.[24] It was also ranked at number 12 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2013.[25]

President Barack Obama added the song Acid Rain to his summer 2016 playlist.[26]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Good Ass Intro" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid, Lili K., Kiara Lanier, Peter Cottontale, Will Miller and J.P. Floyd)Peter Cottontale, Cam O'bi, Stefan Ponce3:59
2."Pusha Man / Paranoia" (featuring Lili K. and Nate Fox)Ceej for Two-9, Nosaj Thing7:24
3."Cocoa Butter Kisses" (featuring Vic Mensa and Twista)Cam O'bi, Peter Cottontale5:08
4."Juice"Nate Fox3:35
5."Lost" (featuring Noname)Nate Fox3:04
6."Everybody's Something" (featuring Saba and BJ the Chicago Kid)DJ Ozone4:37
7."Interlude (That's Love)"Ludwig Göransson2:29
8."Favorite Song" (featuring Childish Gambino)Nate Fox3:05
9."NaNa" (featuring Action Bronson)brandUn DeShay3:20
10."Smoke Again" (featuring Ab-Soul)Blended Babies4:32
11."Acid Rain"Jake One3:36
12."Chain Smoker"Nate Fox3:30
13."Everything's Good (Good Ass Outro)"Cam O'bi5:33
Total length:53:52

Production personnel[edit]

  • Brandon Breaux — artwork
  • OJ Hays — "Acid Rap" typeface
  • Elton "L10mixedit" Chueng — engineering, mixing, mastering
  • Na'el Shehade — Engineer
  • Alex "PapiBeatz" Baez — engineering
  • Andrew Barber – Founder of Fake Shore Drive
  • Su$h! Ceej — Member of Two-9, producer ("Pusha Man")
  • Peter CottonTale — Music Director, Producer ("Good Ass Intro," "Cocoa Butter Kisses")
  • brandUn DeShay (Ace Hashimoto) — Producer ("NaNa")
  • J.P. Floyd — Trombonist, featured artist ("Good Ass Intro")
  • Nate Fox — Member of the Social Experiment, featured artist ("Pusha Man"), producer ("Juice," "Lost," "Favorite Song," "Chain Smoker")
  • Alex Fruchter] — Founder of Closed Sessions
  • Rich Gains – Member of Blended Babies, producer ("Smoke Again")
  • Ludwig Göransson – Producer ("Interlude [That's Love]")
  • JP – Member of Blended Babies, producer ("Smoke Again")
  • Kiara Lanier — Singer, featured artist ("Good Ass Intro")
  • Lili K — Singer, featured artist ("Good Ass Intro," "Pusha Man")
  • Mike Kolar — Engineer, owner of Soundscape Studios, founder of Closed Sessions
  • Vic Mensa — Rapper, featured artist ("Cocoa Butter Kisses")
  • Cam O'bi – Producer ("Good Ass Intro," "Cocoa Butter Kisses," "Everything's Good [Good Ass Outro]")
  • Stefan Ponce – Producer ("Good Ass Intro")
  • Nico Segal – Trumpeter, member of the Social Experiment
  • Twista — Rapper, featured artist ("Cocoa Butter Kisses")
  • Austin Vesely – Director ("Juice," "Everybody's Something," "NaNa")

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[27] 26
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[28] 63

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "The Artist Responsible For Chance The Rapper's Meme-Inspired Abstract Art". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  5. ^ "Here's the Original Photo That Inspired Chance the Rapper's 'Acid Rap' Cover". Genius. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  6. ^ a b BackRoomsBasements (2013-04-29), Chance The Rapper talks Acid Rap, SXSW, Violence in Chicago + more, retrieved 2019-03-17
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  11. ^ Rytlewski, Evan (May 14, 2013). "Chance The Rapper: Acid Rap". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  12. ^ Kot, Greg (May 12, 2013). "Album review: Chance the Rapper, 'Acid Rap'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
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  14. ^ Kalev, Maya (May 14, 2013). "Acid Rap". Fact. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 2013). "Chance the Rapper/Homeboy Sandman". MSN Music. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
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  17. ^ Tryneski, John M. (June 20, 2013). "Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap". PopMatters. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  18. ^ Rosen, Jody (May 8, 2013). "Acid Rap". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  19. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (May 2, 2013). "Chance the Rapper, 'Acid Rap' (Self-Released)". Spin. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  20. ^ C. M., Emmanuel (May 13, 2013). "Mixtape Review: Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap". XXL. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  21. ^ "Here Are The BET Award Nominees". Complex. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
  22. ^ "SPIN's 50 Best Album's of 2013".
  23. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2013". Rolling Stone. December 2, 2013.
  24. ^ "MixtapeMonkey Charts".
  25. ^ "The Top 50 Albums of 2013". Pitchfork.
  26. ^ Obama, President (2016-08-11). "Been waiting to drop this: summer playlist, the encore. What's everybody listening to?pic.twitter.com/mqh1YVrycj". @POTUS44. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  27. ^ "Chance the Rapper Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  28. ^ "Chance the Rapper Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2016.

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