#Chi-Town Chance The Rapper Talks Acid Rap & Chicago’s Music Scene

Chance the Rapper recently chatted it up with CMJ’s, Taleah Griffin, to discuss his latest project, Acid Rap.

Check out the excerpts.

Your new project is titled Acid Rap. How did you come up with the title?
It took a little while. The concept of the tape is derived from acid-jazz, which is like electronic jazz. It has a lot more drums. It’s like Roy Ayers or Jamiroquai. It’s a faster electronic jazz mixed with hip-hop. I was playing around with those sounds, and I got back interested in ’90s hip-hop and the East Oakland jazz hip-hop movement. I was listening to a lot of Souls Of Mischief. That sound influenced the tape and the title. This time I am doing more singing, and I am working with Milo And Otis. Their sound is ridiculous.

Have other local artists been receptive to you?
I’ve gotten some shade, but I think it in part comes from how competitive everyone is about their craft. Up until this point, we didn’t really seem to get too much support from our media bases here, specifically the radio. In Atlanta, you can turn on the radio and hear an artist you have never heard before, on a major syndicated station. Just on some supporting local artist shit. Then the rapper becomes huge because other cities pull music from other places. In Chicago, we find out what’s hot other places rather then making our own artist hot and having other cities pull from us. It’s changing though. We are getting out to the masses more.

Last month you did an interview where you mentioned that Chicago is super segregated. Do you think that helps or harms the Chicago music scene?
Great question. It’s definitely segregated geographically. Every race has their own neighborhood. I think it’s dope for the music scene because there are so many sounds that come from that. I don’t really know if that’s a positive though, but because we are so segregated and people have their own neighborhoods you have sounds that are very specific to that area. It speaks for that neighborhood or that group of people. There is a different sound for people that come from the East-side versus the West-side or the low-end or the suburbs.

Get the rest over at CMJ


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