‘Acid Rap’ opens with the words “Even better than I was the last time” and not a single letter in that sentence is lied. Though as jaunty and juvenile as always, Chance The Rapper really manages to impress with his second mixtape. Ever since the sun found his way to Amsterdam (only a few days ago) I’m pumping his tracks through my speakers and it brings me the same joy as some early Outkast albums did.
That comparison isn’t completely air made, as Chance seems to be digging from the same sources. The funk and jazz influences are omnipresent in his uplifting tracks and especially Good Ass Intro gives the wonderful ‘Speakerboxxx’ feeling. At the same time, this comparison may not do justice to Chance, as he is quite unique in his way of doing. He succeeds on the almost always unfruitful path of combining rap and singing, and playfully flutters around the toyish sounding beats. Features of among others Childish Gambino, Action Bronson and Twista make the mixtape even more enjoyable and provide some variety. Which is good, because that seems to be Chance’s biggest pitfall: After listening such a joyful tape, it’s almost like I ate too much candy.