25. Chance The Rapper “Pusha Man” (2013)
The first part of this song is the closest Chance gets to a bragging record (the way he says “…and your bitch break down my weed sometimes” makes me laugh almost every listen), which makes it an interesting choice to pin against the second part of the song, “Paranoia,” which is essentially the opposite. There’s a long pause, then Chance delves into his serious emotional struggle with violence in Chicago. Every year here, once it heats up, the crime and murder rate skyrocket (“It just got warm out, this the shit I’ve been warned about.”) Chance is able to relate to what’s happening with kids in Chicago (“No love for the opposition, specifically a cop position, cause they’ve never been in our position”), but he’s also brave enough to admit fear (“I know you scared, me too.”) on behalf of himself and his community.
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