Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
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Based on 16 reviews
Year End Rank: #16
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2013 Ratings: #42
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April 30, 2013 / Release Date
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A.V. Club

What’s most amazing about Acid Rap isn’t Chance’s talent, but how eagerly he employs it. There’s hardly a track where he isn’t pushing or testing himself, or somehow going out of his way to dazzle with torrential wordplay or euphoric, dopamine-pumped production.

The 405

Even in these darker and more earnest moments, it's never difficult to sense the love of craft that went into Acid Rap's construction, and it's because of this that Acid Rap is, ultimately, a fundamentally joyful record.


It's hard to listen to Acid Rap and not venture back to a time when rap was new and exciting and, for some, forbidden—a time of discovery and a time when everything was fresh.


Chance’s Acid Rap is a triumph of meditative moments, open-ended quests, and brass flares. The hooks are more jabs than uppercuts. None will probably bang in a club, but most will make sense live, as chanted back by a thousand fans. 

Pretty Much Amazing

Acid Rap is the summer action blockbuster of mixtapes, where the audience need not dig much deeper than the surface to enjoy the best of what the production has to offer.

FACT Magazine

As a portrait of a city, and a person, Acid Rap is about as good – and as honest – as they come.


At just 19, aspiring to compete with such ambitious rap visionaries, and mostly succeeding, is an impressive feat.

Consequence of Sound

Where the harsh, cold production of drill echoes the harsh, cold sentiments, Chance’s voice and the multi-faceted production are all about change, examining any little moment that might provide some fun and relief.


Though it’s not a perfect collection of songs, as a coming-out party Acid Rap is pretty impressive. 

Drowned in Sound

Acid Rap succeeds for all the right reasons a mixtape should, finely balancing an idiosyncratic style, taught rhymes, emotional sincerity and rich production.

Rolling Stone

It’s the density of wit, ideas, and verbal invention that makes this one of the year’s defining hip-hop releases.

The Needle Drop

Chicago rapper and singer Chance The Rapper comes through with a more ambitious mixtape with Acid Rap, improving upon his production, hooks, and recording quality.

It's strange to write a review of "Acid Rap" after the huge disappointment of "The Big Day". Chance has changed so much between this mixtape and his debut album...

In 2013, I discovered Chance, and I liked his music... I even can say that I was a bit of a fan ... Twenty-year-old Chancelor Bennett released his second mixtape, "Acid Rap", in april 2013. From the same neighborhood as Chief Keef, the young rapper arrived with a very different attitude. Chance was not ... read more
☆☆☆ 1/2

It was time to return to the good ol' days when wife-loving was inconceivable.

Chance has real potential for great things, yes "HAS". "The Big Day" is but a mere bump in the road that has appeared far too early in his career, when he decides to wake the hell up, he'll blow us all away when he shows us that he's more than just an annoying and hyperactive, god-loving Kanye protégé.

In the mean time, let's reminisce over his good shit.

"Acid ... read more
There's absolutely nothing special about this mixtape other than it's especially annoying.
after hearing all the positive feedback from this album, I had very high expectations for this. But I was disappointed after listening, and still fail to understand why this is praised so highly, there are a couple catchy tracks on this but nothing that really wows me or stands out. Majority of the tracks are forgettable and boring.
Everything that the Big Day fails to be. The Big Day is when he tried to make a sequel to Acid Rap without actually being on acid.

Enough about that absolute trash fucking excuse, we’re back to the days of Chance’s mixtapes, his best days obviously.

After deciding to re-listen to this one first out of the other tapes, I remembered when I used to think he was in my top 5 rappers. This mixtape is a great example of my logic.

He has a strong charm like other rappers like Lil ... read more
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Track List

  1. Good Ass Intro (ft. BJ The Chicago Kid, Lili K., Kiara Lanier, Peter Cottontale, Will for the O'mys, & JP Floydd for Kids These Days)
  2. Pusha Man (ft. Nate Fox & Lili K.)
  3. Cocoa Butter Kisses (ft. Vic Mensa & Twista)
  4. Juice
  5. Lost (ft. Noname Gypsy)
  6. Everybody's Something (ft. Saba & BJ The Chicago Kid)
  7. Interlude (That's Love)
  8. Favorite Song (ft. Childish Gambino)
  9. NaNa (ft. Action Bronson)
  10. Smoke Again (ft. Ab-Soul)
  11. Acid Rain
  12. Chain Smoker
  13. Everything's Good (Good Ass Outro)
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Added on: May 1, 2013