It’s technically a mixtape. After a lot of careful consideration, and creating a bracket of my favorite albums of all time (so many honorable mentions) I went with Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper.
First time you heard it
I was a senior in high school when Acid Rap dropped at the end of April of 2013. I remember hearing the song “Favorite Song” for the first time that summer in my buddy Mitch’s beat-up, red, Pontiac Vibe which had a sound system in it that was probably worth more than the car itself. After that, I knew I had to go home and listen to the whole album. The rest is history.
How often do you listen to it?
I tend to not listen to albums on repeat constantly, as there are a lot of “greats” that I rotate through. I would say this album probably only gets a play once every 2-3 months.
Why is this your favorite album?
Despite the fact that Acid Rap isn’t Chance’s most popular or commercially successful album, I think the vulnerability and raw artistry that Chance’s music had at that point in his career is unrivaled. Musically, Chance also stretched the bounds of hip-hop and rap through Acid Rap. The sound and influence of multiple genres of music, the clever wordplay, the perfectly placed features… Everything he’s released since isn’t on the same level.
The album also has a lot of sentimental value to me. At the time I was really diving into this album/mixtape, I was getting ready to graduate high school and go attend school in Chicago. Having one of city’s upcoming rap/hip-hop artists on my rotation was not only something that helped me feel like Chicago was my new home, but it also became a great conversation starter for people on campus who wanted to talk music.
Which track would be your walk up music?
There aren’t a ton of “hype” songs on this album. However, the first track “Good Ass Intro” would make a excellent song for song for coming out of the batter’s box/bullpen.