Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
Based on 550 ratings
2013 Ratings: #13
April 30, 2013 / Release Date
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Self-Released / Label
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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.


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.

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.

Acid Rap is one of the most creative unique mixtapes ever made and it definitely deserves to be thought of as one of the greatest.

I really don't come back to Chance much tho... Even his songs that I love like Acid Rain, Cocoa Butter Kisses, etc. lose value for me. His whole thing is this happy mindset which is built off of sadness and while it works for the most part, I just don't need to hear that too often.
Fun and enjoyable album at first but after repeat listens it becomes more and more stagnant for me.
One of the best mixtapes from one of the most promising rappers of this generation. Flawless production and great guest spots, just add to the mesmerizing verses Chance lays from start to finish.
He has a lot of potential to create a masterpiece album like Kendrick Lamar. This album is very fun and creative. His rapping is pretty good and he can use the production of songs to make some very memorable. I'm really looking forward to this guy making a debut album.

Favourite tracks: Cocoa Butter Kisses, Good Ass Intro, Acid Rain, Pusha Man, Juice, Chain Smoker
Re-listened to this project and a little more disappointed than anything. Not what I thought it was back in 8th grade.
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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