On this day, April 30, in hip-hop history...

Chance The Rapper via SoundCloud
Chance The Rapper via SoundCloud

2013: Chicago upstart Chance The Rapper dropped his sophomore mixtape Acid Rap on April 30, 2013.

Coming off piqued interest from his debut tape 10 Day, the spastic and talented rapper blew fans and critics away with his 2013 free project. Chance openly admits that he recorded much of the project while on acid, hence the tape's title. And lucky for music fans, Chance's mind on drugs is capable of creating masterpieces. With features from Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Childish Gambino, BJ The Chicago Kid and his fellow Save Money affiliate Vic Mensa, Chatham's own brought a refreshingly unorthodox sound to hip-hop thanks to honest lyrics, nimble wordplay and his signature nasally phonetics. Chance addressed the Chi's gun violence problem, shared intimate stories of his family's past and got turnt to the idea that he's the next up from his city. Like much of what Chance stands for, the tape came out to be equal parts satirical and serious, making it high in replay value. Thanks to Chano's faithful fan base, the tape is certified diamond on DatPiff and continues to stack up the Soundcloud streams to this day. The overwhelming success of Acid Rap earned the MC a spot on the 2014 XXL Freshman Class.

As an anomaly in the music industry, Chance has managed to stay independent from any record label deal and still be able to tour across the country, sell out 5,000 person venues and collaborate with some of the rap game's biggest stars including one of his greatest inspirations, fellow Chicagoan Kanye West.

Six years later, Chano's Acid Rap remains his most beloved projects.

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