4. Chance The Rapper “Acid Rain” (2013)
“Here’s a tab of acid for your ear,” said Chance over a year ago on “Brain Cells.” Of course, at the time, he didn’t tell you that your ear would eventually receive an entire strip of acid in the form of Acid Rap. The song “Acid Rain,” by itself, contains a lot of what Chance represents in his body of work as a whole. It’s like a sampling of the themes that he plays with. It’s nostalgia (“I miss my diagonal grilled cheeses”), it’s the struggle to make sense of love in a violent world (“Funerals for little girls, is that appealing to you?”), and it pins his demons against his sanctity in a battle to keep the faith (“And I still be asking God to show his face”). But that only scratches the surface, of course, and meaning can be derived from it whether your scope is an individual lyric or the song as a whole. It also, uh, sounds good when you listen to it.
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