“Her pussy like me/Her heart like fuck it” —Chance The Rapper
Chance breaks down the classic “friends with benefits” becomes “relationship” scenario like only he can. Already addicted to the sex, Chance’s girl watches herself slowly become more and more attracted to the idea of just staying for a full relationship. Like Yeezy said, “stick around, some real feelings might surface.”
9. “Favorite Song”
“Two-step, white dude's Harlem Shake/Why you laughing? Cause you Harlem Shake?”
Gambino returns to join Chance on one of the tape’s hottest tracks. Just like Harlem has its famous shoulder shake, “white dudes” claim the classic two-step, used anywhere from ballroom dancing to country jigs. Make fun of it all you want, but realize that, for every dude doing his thing to a two-step, ten are doing the “new” Harlem Shake. Count your blessings.
8. “Good Ass Intro”
“Did a ton of drugs and did better than all my Alma mater” —Chance the Rapper
After Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg, watching the dropout rise to the top is the theme of the 21st century. Chance is no exception. After getting suspended in 2011, Chance decided to dedicate to recording and writing full time, eventually releasing #10Day. Of course, with Chance’s love for acid and constant nods to bud, a lot of drugs were involved in the process. Still, you already know who will top the list at Chance’s next high school reunion.
7. “Smoke Again”
“Lean all on the square/That's a fuckin' rhombus” —Chance the Rapper
Can you mix drugs references and geometry? Absolutely! In a tight triple entendre, Chance reminds you why you can never sleep on his bars. Smoking on a cigarette dipped in every rapper’s favorite drug, promethazine “lean,” Chance makes the world tilt like a diamond-shaped rhombus. Coincidentally, a square tilted 30 degrees is a rhombus. Tie it all in with a nod back to Chance’s earlier pledge to fight and “lean” in on any “square” posturing for his position and you have liftoff.
6. “Smoke Again”
“She only got you as a nigga on the side/That's a nigga on the side of a side bitch, homie” —Ab-Soul
We all know the “main bitch/side bitch” situation thanks to Trinidad James, but Ab-Soul takes it a step further. The same guy trying to fight him over a woman is the side man to Soulo’s side girl. That makes him an accessory to an accessory, completely insignificant to Soul’s life. All of his fronting is a joke: The girl only uses her “side” man when Ab-Soul is out of town.
5. “Everybody’s Something”
“I got the Chicago Blues/We invented rock before the Stones got through” —Chance the Rapper
Playing off both the subgenre of “Chicago Blues” and that uniquely melancholy feeling that being in The Chi gives you, Chance brings it back home for one of his more deep lines. Matching the sad but hopeful theme of the song, Chance is down about people in his life and his chaotic move from school to a full rap career. Still proud of his city, he notes a true story that most forget: Blues was early rock and roll. Breaking out before the Rolling Stones made it big, the Chicago scene set the stage and “threw” the stones that started the genre first. It takes something special for Chance to not only love a city, but to know its place within his career and life.
4. “Cocoa Butter Kisses”
“'Til they can't feel shit, shit faced, faced it, 15 hits on this L/Elevated, train, and the craziest thing, got me feeling like Lauryn Hill: Miseducated” —Vic Mensa
Chance’s friend and rival from Kids These Days throws himself right into the running for hottest verse on “Cocoa Butter Kisses.” Tripping off of an incredible 15 joints, taken “to the face,” Vic has to “face” the reality of his situation. “Elevated,” high, like the raised tracks of the Chicago “L” train system, Vic feels like he’s riding the metaphorical Black Sabbath “Crazy Train” straight to his confusion. Switching flows, Vic’s drugs and fame lifestyle leave him out of school like Chance, “miseducated” just like the multi-platinum album from Lauryn Hill. Here’s to hoping Chance and Vic compete more often.
3. “Favorite Song”
“Dang, dang, dang, skeet, skeet, skeet/She do that thing for three retweets” —Chance the Rapper
Does anyone remember Chicago’s “juke music” and the string of inside jokes it spawned? Chance does! Playing on the now-famous “bang, bang, bang, skeet, skeet, skeet,” Chance adds his own flair to instantly bring up the image of a girl dancing hard. Addressing the Instagram and Twitter-inspired string of women acting sexy for more followers, Chance watches the same girl break it down online, all for the attention of three people. Have fun, but that’s a harsh reality.
2. “Acid Rain”
“I trip to make the fall shorter” —Chance the Rapper
Like Chance drops in the same song, “sometime the truth don’t rhyme.” Suspended from school, Chance’s only recourse is to smoke and trip away the fall, letting time pass by until he no longer has to deal with others putting him down. Earlier, Chance mentions the death of his “big homie,” a September murder that makes Chancellor want to “trip” away the entire fall and spend less time in pain. Finally, to keep his losses low and prevent a total meltdown, Chance stumbles on purpose, making the distance from his place to rock bottom just a bit shorter. Even Chance broke it down: “when I drop [“Acid Rain”], niggas is finna start trippin’.” He was right.
1. “Everybody’s Something”
“And why’s God's phone die every time that I call on Him/If his son had a Twitter, wonder if I would follow him” —Chance the Rapper
It may not be Chance’s most lyrical line, nor his fastest or craziest. Still, getting a pure, honest breakdown of religion out of the middle of what is already slated to be one of the year’s best tapes is golden. Despite his attempts to get God on his side, Chance watches his “calls” go unnoticed, as if God’s metaphorical prayer phone lost power. Bringing it back to the fast-paced modern world, where regular church sessions and extended prayer seem dated, Chance wonders if “following” Jesus on Twitter (just like his real life followers) would do him any better. This is a crisis of faith, not a digital battle, leaving very real scars on Chance and the many like him struggling to find a path.