How "Acid Rap" Changed the Rap Game

How "Acid Rap" Changed the Rap Game

A summary of how Chance the Rapper's first big project changed the course of hip hop history.

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School had just gotten out for summer break and you were about to become a high schooler. You and your friends took the summer to just chill and hang out before the heavy load of homework would ultimately come crashing down on you in the fall. You wake up around 11 A.M. one morning, make yourself some Eggo waffles, and watch "The Office" when all of a sudden your friend texts you to come over.

You have your parents drive you to his house and you walk through his front door to find him in his living room playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and blasting music from a rapper you've never heard of before. "Who is this?" you ask, weirded out by the strange, almost nasally voice in the music. "It's Chance the Rapper," your friend responds, "this sh*t SLAPS."

For many late 90s and early 2000s kids, Chance the Rapper's "Acid Rap" was their first exposure to what would ultimately grow into every category of rap that didn't fall under hard rap or boom bap. From songs like "Cocoa Butter Kisses" that put you in a good mood no matter how down you feel to "Favorite Song" that you could play in the car with your buddies (3 years later once you could drive) and rap every word to, Chance was able to inspire an entire generation of hip hop fans with a single project that defied the boundaries of hip hop.

No matter what rapper you're talking to nowadays, if you ask them who their inspiration was they are going to mention Kanye West, and Chance falls into this category; yet, while every other rapper found themselves pulling from West's musical style to help them create their projects, Chance seems to only pull from and relate to West's level of creativity. Chance has defined himself as one of the most unique artists in the rap game, and to be that unique and that success is a rare occurrence.

Soon a generation of rappers sprung up that didn't cite West as their inspiration in interviews, but Chance. Chance's name has been mentioned in countless songs, and he's been featured on tracks by artists from countless genres.

Chance the Rapper is no longer a rapper but a universal artist, and this is how he changed the rap game.

The number of hip hop artists who have followed in Chance's footsteps and found themselves combining their rap with other alternative genres is insane. When "Acid Rap" came out I truly don't think many people knew what to think of it. It was like "okay yeah this dude's a lyricist but what is this music?" Over the past few years, the album has often been noted as one of the milestones in the history of the rap game, and I couldn't be happier to have it in my library.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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The 11 Best Moments Of The 2019 Grammy Awards

Music's biggest night was filled with some very special moments.

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It's finally awards season! This year, the Grammy Awards was filled with twists, turns, and many guest appearances. There was an abundance of new winners, many of whom made history, as well as performances that were unlike any others from the past. To relive one of music's biggest nights, here are Sunday night's best and most memorable moments.

1. Camila Cabello's opening performance.

Camila Cabello

The Cuban-American singer kicked off the night with a fresh performance of her hit song "Havana." Surrounded by colorful set pieces and an array of diverse dancers, Camila was joined onstage by Young Thug, Ricky Martin, and J Balvin. A newspaper that read "Build Bridges Not Walls" was held up by J Balvin before he began singing "Mi Gente," making a political statement only a few moments into the show.

2. Alicia Keyes' Girl Squad included Michelle Obama.

Alicia Keyes

Four powerful women entered the stage as Alicia Keyes' right-hand ladies, including Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, J-Lo, and surprise: Michelle Obama! The audience went crazy when they saw her enter the stage, and her speech about how music helps people connect and share their stories was beautiful and true.

3. Miley Cyrus joins Shawn Mendes onstage.

Shawn Mendes and Miley Cyrus

Grammy rehearsals have sparked a new friendship from these two and I am here for it. Shawn began his first ever Grammy performance behind a piano, turning his Rock and Roll hit "In My Blood" into a beautiful ballad.

Halfway through the song, he grabbed his guitar and met a special guest onstage: Miley Cyrus! Viewers' hearts melted as the pair belted out the final note so perfectly. Collaboration in the future, perhaps? Let's hope so!

4. John Mayer's super sweet gesture to Alicia Keyes in 2004.

John Mayer and Alicia Keyes

Alicia Keyes revealed that when John Mayer won the Grammy for Song of the Year over her 15 years ago, he broke the award in half and gave the second piece to her. He believed she deserved to win as well, so the two now share joint custody of the Grammy. How sweet!

5. Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus' "Jolene" duet.

Dolly Parton Tribute

Miley's rendition of the Dolly Parton hit was my anthem back in 2012. Hearing her sing it again, but this time with the legend that the song belongs to, was something so special. It was definitely a duet to be remembered.

6. Alicia Keyes' mash-up.

Alicia Keyes Grammy Performance

Alicia showed off her pipes by singing a mashup of all the different songs that she wished she had written herself. Her performance was done by not one, but two pianos. Her talent is too much to handle.

7. Dan and Shay show off their talent.

Dan and Shay Grammys

"Tequila" should win all the Grammys. This country duo proves time and time again just how insanely talented they are. Their acoustic version of their hit song was ended with the most beautiful and insanely long high note that will go down in Grammy history.

8. Drake's inspiring message to the music industry.

Drake Grammys

Drake took home the Grammy for Best Rap Song and his speech was one that no viewer will forget. He suggested that musicians don't need a Grammy to feel like they're successful and revealed that the music industry is just opinion based.

"You've already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word if you are a hero in your hometown. If there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don't need this right here. I promise you, you already won."

You tell 'em!

9. The Music Educator Award.

Music Educator Winner

Every year, the Grammys recognizes an educator that has made a significant contribution to the field of musical education. This year's winner was Jeffrey Redding, a high school teacher in Orlando, Florida. This award is a beautiful way of recognizing how important teachers of the arts are to our education programs.

10. Cardi B makes history.

Cardi B Grammy win

Cardi B won Best Rap Album and became the first solo female artist to win the award. Cardi was the only woman nominated in her category, making her an icon to women in music everywhere. She was filled with nerves when giving her acceptance speech, which proved just how grateful she was.

11. A tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin tribute

After the passing of the Queen of Soul this year, the Grammys put together a tribute for her featuring an array of talented artists. Aretha has left behind a legacy that no one will ever be able to forget about.

The rest of the awards season awaits! Oscars, Tonys, and Emmys: here we come.

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