Chance the Rapper is an artist out of the South Side of Chicago whose influence on the New Chicago sound has been undeniable. Part of the Save Money crew, Chance has become one of the biggest young acts in hip hop. His projects 10 Day, Acid Rap, and Coloring Book have been critically acclaimed and he works as an independent artist, even though labels are trying to chase him down. Chance has shaken up the industry and shown that being independent can be a successful route to take.


Coloring Book (2016)

Acid Rap (2013)

While he already created a local buzz around Chicago with 10 Day and a few other projects, Chance truly exploded into the mainstream with Acid Rap, a mixtape that is cohesive and complete as an album. With features from Action Bronson and Ab-Soul, among others, Acid Rap brings energy and flavor (AKA “Juice”) to listener’s ears.

(Editors picks:Acid Rain, Pusha Man, Cocoa Butter Kisses, Juice, Chain Smoker)

10 Day (2012)

Chance’s first solo release, 10 Day was initially recorded during a ten day long suspension from school due to “weed related activities”. The mixtape was finished 8 months later and released via Datpiff on April 3, 2012 where it was downloaded over 300,000 times. The tape is filled with solid lyrics, melodic beats and surprisingly great production for a freshman release. Features include Vic Mensa, Alex Wiley, Nico Segal and several other Chicago artists.

(Editors picks: Brain Cells, Family, Nostalgia, Long Time)