Concrete Schoolyard Hiatus, Chance the Rapper & Tech N9ne

Sorry we’ve been preempted by so many school sports (volleyball and such) at the Concrete Schoolyard the last two weeks. We have no power over this, BUT I can still put you on some dope hip hop, at least what I’ve been jammin.

First Up: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (IT’S FREE)

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I’ve been jamming this HARD. It’s freaking free and it’s amazing. Chance is bros with Childish Gambino (Donald Glover to you television buffs) who apparently dropped a dope short film I am currently watching! These dudes are making classics right now and Acid Rap is no exception with hit singles “Juice,” “Smoke Again” and “Favorite Song” with the aforementioned Childish Gambino.  My favorite track, BY FAR, is “Cocoa Butter Kisses” ft Vic Mensa and Twista. This melodic track is peppered and stained (no pun intended) with somber lyrics of love lost, addiction and homesick paternal love. If you aren’t listening to it while you read this, you’re crazy. The album is filled with tracks speaking on personal issues and pushing through. “Everybody’s Something” is another awesome track with a message. He is putting on for Chicago, seriously. It’s one of the best mixtapes I’ve heard in 2013. I seem to be saying that a lot now. Why? Because 2013 is shaping up to be one of the best hip hop years I’ve had in a while. I thought 2012 went hard, man 2013 has more hits and mixtapes than I can fix my ears to listen to. Understand this Chance deserves respect, give him a…chance? Lol. Right, give Chance a chance.

Secondly: Tech N9ne – Something Else

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I have an album review of this coming soon so I won’t drop too much knowledge here. As a rap, rock, jazz, soul, alternative rock and slight screamo fan you’d have to check this album out. With features that range from The Doors, Dallas track wrecker and female emcee Snow tha Product, T-Pain, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B., Trae tha Truth, as well as Strange Music heavy hitters Krizz Kaliko and Mayday! this album delivers in droves. I mean, it may be the most complete project that Tech has put out. In this album he discusses his journey through music with no love from the black community until recentl, his Christianity in spite of the belief that he is a devil worshipper his constant struggle with past addictions, and the empowerment he received from Strange Music, his record label. I could talk all day on this album, maaaaaaan, it’s so good front to back. Check the track listing here. *Album review coming soon*

With all the violence in the mainstream, negativity and negative publicity rap gets or brings upon itself, it is absolutely refreshing and invigorating to hear a relatively new rapper in Chance and an older legend in Tech N9ne speak on issues, pain and getting over these things.

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