Chance the Rapper is one of the most exciting artists around at the moment. Here’s five of our favourite songs of his right now.
Chance the Rapper, real name Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, is one of those artists that allows his personality and originality to shine throughout his records.
Releasing music since 2012 with his first mixtape ’10 Day’, the rapper has only been getting bigger and bigger. His second mixtape ‘Acid Rap’ was released in 2013 but it was his third mixtape ‘Coloring Book’ in 2016 that gained him worldwide recognition.
‘Colouring Book’ received huge critical acclaim for its original lyrics and also became the first streaming-only album to ever receive a Grammy nomination and then win. Not only that, but it was also the first album to chart on the Billboard 200 chart purely based on streams alone (peaking at number 8).
Throughout his tracks, whether it’s his own material or guest features, Chance the Rapper is able to seamlessly blend hip hop, rap, and gospel sounds together – creating something which isn’t seen or heard too often in commercial music.
“I’m at war with my wrongs, I’m writing four different songs, I never forced you to forfeit it, I’m a force to be reconciled. They want four-minute songs, you need a four hour praise dance performed every morn”
To celebrate his mighty achievements, we’ve taken a look at five of our favourite tracks from Chance the Rapper.
Try and not be happy whilst listening to this song. It’s the ultimate party-starter, and it’s a damn shame that it’s not a minute or two longer. The bop features a chorus from Knox Fortune and production from Kaytranada, which shows that Chance has many strings to his belt.
An intimate, piano-led track with accompanying gospel backing vocals and an appearance from vocalist Eryn Allen Kane, ‘Same Drugs’ showed a softer side to Chance the Rapper. Despite the title, the song isn’t actually about drugs. Instead, “drugs” is simply a metaphor for love and the many changes that take place in a relationship.
‘All My Friends’ (Snakehips featuring Tinashe & Chance the Rapper)
All it takes is one powerful verse to make a huge impression. Coinciding with smooth-as-honey vocals from Tinashe and slick production from Snakehips, Chance the Rapper’s verse in ‘All My Friends’ fits right in and became his highest-charting single in the UK so far.
‘No Problem’ (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz)
Probably the stand-out hit from ‘Colouring Book’, ‘No Problem’ was the song that brought immediate attention to Chance the Rapper. Thanks to production from Brasstracks and guest features from Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, it’s an ear worm we’re more than happy to accommodate.
‘Child’s Play’ (SZA featuring Chance the Rapper)
The simple and velvet, “Child’s Play” from SZA is a great example of a low key yet effective bop. Blending Chance’s trademark personality-fueled rap with SZA’s smoky vocals makes for a perfect late-night R&B groove.
There’s plenty of other tracks we could have included here – do you agree or disagree with our choices? Feel free to tell us which songs you would have included on Twitter!
Main image via DeShaun Craddock.