It’s commonly thought that the only difference between 90’s gangster rap and that following 2008 is that rather than rapping about selling drugs, people now talk about taking them. Noisey and others have jumped on this in a big way, pushing people like Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, Clams Casino, Flatbush Zombies and other tripped out artists. Maybe it was FlyLo talking (and singing) about taking DMT. But all this macho posturing around taking psychedelics, or hackneyed imagery about third eyes or pineal glands has nothing on one Detroit artist, Chance The Rapper. His introspective verses are like a collection of mind-expanded aphorisms, like those of Zeroh, but shrouded in Cloud-Rap instrumentation and sampling. His newest track Acid Rain has too many brilliant lines to go into, all standing alone but they also feed into a larger portrait of his work. Maybe it’s his reflection which entices me, but I really get drawn into personal lyrics…
Sometimes the truth don’t rhyme.