The 4th installment of a new weekly drop on EVRYDY called “7 Tracks You Should Know By…” Similar to the #SilasSundays Series, this self-explanatory playlist will highlight certain verses from established artists that may have been overlooked or forgotten over the years. The subject of this week’s post is Chancellor Johnathan Bennett, aka Chance The Rapper
The entire hip-hop community at-large is so f**king proud of Lil’ Chano From 79th. Who would have thought that a mixtape detailing a 10 Day suspension from high school would eventually lead Chance The Rapper to astronomical heights? His highly irregular and unorthodox approach to music immediately captured the attention of listeners in 2011. Several successful collaborations in a 2 year period eventually led him to arguably Chance‘s finest piece of work to date: Acid Rap. Since that release in April of 2013, Chance‘s ascent towards superstardom has been a rapid one when he hit his apex in 2016. A show-stealing effort on Ultralight Beam (among other contributions on The Life of Pablo), releasing his 3rd mixtape to critical acclaim, and running a campaign to have streaming music eligible for GRAMMY nominations are some of the monumental acts that Chance The Rapper accomplished in 2016. All of this hard work and hustle were not in vain as he was rightfully awarded 3 GRAMMYs for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album.
“Chance won 3 Grammys without selling a single record” is about to be the new “J. Cole went platinum without any features”
— Eyeless 🇬🇭 (@EyelessSilas) February 13, 2017
Oversaturation could lead some people to say ‘I’m tired of seeing him on every commercial,’ or ‘This is the 15th time I’ve heard “No Problems” in the past 2 days,’ which is a natural response. Reveling in the prime of a modern-day rock star while he’s still in his prime is something to appreciate. Instead of complaining and nitpicking, we should praise Chance for all of his accomplishments to encourage his growth, musically and spiritually. Who knows: he could pull a Childish Gambino and blindside us with an album that we are fully not expecting (btw, where’s that joint mixtape?). For his debut album (10 Day, Acid Rap, and Coloring Book are all mixtapes. Insane.), it’s expected that Chano will push the envelope as he has done with his previous 3 releases.
Before we speculate the sonic art direction for his debut project that is due out hopefully this year or early 2018, let’s celebrate his accomplishments by checking out 7 tracks where he truly shines like the star that he is. There’s a strange, yet soothing comfort when Chance’s nasally and raspy harmonics make an appearance on a track; overly energetic ad-libs he screeches in the background and spoken word that are powerful rapped in an unconventional manner. The oddities are commonplace and incredible; the definition of a breath of fresh air. Having been credited for spearheading the Chicago Rennasance with positive music with religious undertones that aren’t overbearing, Chance The Rapper has the chance to become one of the biggest artists in the history of not just hip-hop, but music in general. Salute to you Chance and may this just be an introductory chapter to the story of your peak.
From Cocoa Butter Kisses:
Okie dokie, alky, keep it lowkey like Thor lil bro
Or he’ll go blow the loudy, saudy of sour Saudi
Wiley up off peyote, wilding like that coyote
If I sip any Henny, my belly just might be outie
Pull up inside a huggy, Starsky & Hutch a dougie
I just opened up the pack in an hour I’ll ash my lucky
Tonight she just yelling “f**k me”
Two weeks she’ll be yelling f**k me
Used to like orange cassette tapes with Timmy, Tommy, and Chuckie
And Chuck E. Cheese’s pizzas, Jesus pieces, sing Jesus love me
Put Visine inside my eyes so my grandma would f***ing hug me
Oh generation above me, I know you still remember me
My afro look just like daddy’s, y’all taught me how to go hunting (BLAM!)
Seriously though, listen to 10 Day and Acid Rap if you haven’t already.
Check out the previous installments of the 7 Tracks You Should Know By…series, below: