Acid Rap is the second mixtape by American rapper Chance the Rapper. It was released on April 30, 2013, as a free digital download. In July 2013, the mixtape debuted at number 63 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, due to bootleg downloads on iTunes and Amazon not affiliated with the artist.[2] The mixtape has been certified "diamond" on mixtape site Datpiff, for garnering over 1,000,000 downloads.[3] It was rereleased on streaming services on June 21, 2019, alongside his 2012 mixtape 10 Day. A 10th anniversary Complete Edition was later released, including the full version of "Juice", which previously wasn't available for streaming due to sampling issues.

Acid Rap
Mixtape by
ReleasedApril 30, 2013 (2013-04-30)
StudioSoundscape, Force One, Seven, & Classick in Chicago
  • 53:52
  • 50:15 (2019 re-release)[1]
Chance the Rapper chronology
10 Day
Acid Rap
Singles from Acid Rap
  1. "Juice"
    Released: January 31, 2013
  2. "Acid Rain"
    Released: February 22, 2013

Background and production edit

Chancelor Bennett has admitted that LSD was used during the production of this mixtape. Bennett has said, "[There] was a lot of acid involved in Acid Rap. I mean, it wasn't too much – I'd say it was about 30 to 40 percent acid... more so 30 percent acid."[4] He has also made it clear that LSD's involvement was just a small factor in the making of the mixtape. Bennett has said that, "It wasn't the biggest component at all. It was something that I was really interested in for a long time during the making of the tape, but it's not necessarily a huge factor at all. It was more so just a booster, a bit of fuel. It's an allegory to acid, more so than just a tape about acid."[4]

Bennett used artists and producers from Chicago who he had also worked with before. The acid jazz sound of the mixtape can be attributed to the collaboration of artists and producers from multiple genres.[5] Bennett has said, "People that I worked with on other projects from multiple genres just came together to make a dope tape." Bennett attributes most of the funky or jazz sound to Peter Cottontale saying, "Peter Cottontale is a really sick jazz pianist."[5]

Bennett describes Acid Rap as more of a music based album and less of a story-based album when compared to his previous mixtape. When asked to compare 10 Day to Acid Rap Bennett said, "Acid Rap is just a whole different monster; it's me as an adult making great music instead of a kid trying to explain a story. It's less of a conceptual project. It's still very cohesive, storytelling-wise, and its own project. But it's more music-based than story-based this time. I'm still telling the story of what it's like coming out of high school, not going to college and my experience with LSD. The new music that I started listening to has got a really heavy Acid Jazz base to it. It's just really good songs; it's a collection of great songs, which is exactly what #10Day is. But it's more of just a really good album than a story."[6]

The cover art for Acid Rap was based on a real picture taken at South by Southwest, an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas. The picture was taken by Brandon Breaux, who also designed the cover art for Bennett's previous mixtape 10 Day.[7] The picture happened by chance, according to Beaux, "I had made these Tie Dye tank tops before we went to SXSW and I gave them to Chance… In the back of my mind I'm like I hope you wear this."[8]

Release edit

Acid Rap was released as a mixtape and not an album. Bennett has said "One of my biggest talents is performing live.[6] and considered live performances and selling merchandise a more important source of income than recorded music, which he wanted to release for free. More recently he has also rapped about his hatred for record labels on "No Problem".[9] Bennett being unsigned also gave him the ability to collaborate with any available artist.

On June 28, 2019, Bennett officially released the mixtape onto streaming services along with his prior mixtape 10 Day.[10] The track "Juice" didn't have its sample cleared and is instead replaced by a 30-second voice memo by Bennett. It was later included in a 10th anniversary Complete Edition.

Reception edit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [13]
The A.V. ClubA−[14]
Consequence of Sound     [15]
MSN Music (Consumer Guide)A−[17]
Rolling Stone     [20]

Acid Rap was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the mixtape received an average score of 86, based on 21 reviews.[12] It was also nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.[23] The mixtape was ranked at number two on Spin's list[24] and number 26 on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 best albums of 2013, and first on their list of best mixtapes of 2013.[25] It was the second most downloaded mixtape on[26] It was also ranked at number 12 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2013.[27]

President Barack Obama added the song "Acid Rain" to his summer 2016 playlist.[28]

In 2019, Pitchfork listed it 84 on its top 200 albums of the decade.[29]

Track listing edit

Credits adapted from Tidal and the album's vinyl liner notes, and reflect the 2019 re-release.[30]

1."Good Ass Intro" (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Peter Cottontale
  • Cam O'bi
  • Ponce
2."Pusha Man" (featuring Nate Fox)
3."Paranoia" (featuring Lili K. and Nosaj Thing)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Nosaj Thing
4."Cocoa Butter Kisses" (featuring Vic Mensa and Twista)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Cam O'bi
  • Peter Cottontale
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Fox
6."Lost" (featuring Noname)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Fox
7."Everybody's Something" (featuring Saba and BJ the Chicago Kid)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • DJ O-Zone
8."Interlude (That's Love)"
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Göransson
9."Favorite Song" (featuring Childish Gambino)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Fox
10."NaNa" (featuring Action Bronson)
11."Smoke Again" (featuring Ab-Soul)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Blended Babies
12."Acid Rain"
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Jake One
13."Chain Smoker"
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Fox
14."Everything's Good (Good Ass Outro)"
  • Bennett
  • Osteen
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Cam O'bi
Total length:53:50


  • "Paranoia" was included as a hidden track following "Pusha Man" for the original mixtape release, with Nosaj Thing's contributions receiving no credit. The 28 seconds of silence that separated the two tracks was omitted entirely on the 2019 streaming re-release and vinyl release. The 2023 'complete edition', released on streaming services to commemorate the mixtape's tenth anniversary, restores 15 seconds of silence between the two tracks.
  • "Juice" was replaced by a 30-second voice memo for the 2019 streaming re-release and was omitted entirely on the vinyl release. After clearing the requisite sample, the song made its streaming debut on the 2023 'complete edition' release.[31]


Production personnel edit

  • Brandon Breaux – artwork
  • OJ Hays – "Acid Rap" typeface
  • Elton "L10mixedit" Chueng – engineering, mixing, mastering
  • Na'el Shehade – engineer, producer
  • Alex "PapiBeatz" Baez – engineering
  • Andrew Barber – Founder of Fake Shore Drive
  • Su$h! Ceej – Member of Two-9, producer ("Pusha Man")
  • Peter CottonTale – Music Director, Producer ("Good Ass Intro," "Cocoa Butter Kisses")
  • brandUn DeShay (Ace Hashimoto) – producer ("NaNa")
  • J.P. Floyd – Trombonist, featured artist ("Good Ass Intro")
  • Nate Fox – Member of the Social Experiment, featured artist ("Pusha Man"), producer ("Juice," "Lost," "Favorite Song," "Chain Smoker")
  • Alex Fruchter – Founder of Closed Sessions
  • Rich Gains – Member of Blended Babies, producer ("Smoke Again")
  • Ludwig Göransson – producer ("Interlude [That's Love]")
  • JP – Member of Blended Babies, producer ("Smoke Again")
  • Kiara Lanier – singer, featured artist ("Good Ass Intro")
  • Lili K – singer, featured artist ("Good Ass Intro," "Pusha Man")
  • Mike Kolar – engineer, owner of Soundscape Studios, founder of Closed Sessions
  • Vic Mensa – rapper, featured artist ("Cocoa Butter Kisses")
  • Cam O'bi – producer ("Good Ass Intro," "Cocoa Butter Kisses," "Everything's Good [Good Ass Outro]")
  • Stefan Ponce – producer ("Good Ass Intro")
  • Nico Segal – Trumpeter, member of the Social Experiment
  • Twista – rapper, featured artist ("Cocoa Butter Kisses")
  • Austin Vesely – director ("Juice," "Everybody's Something," "NaNa")

Charts edit

Chart (2013) Peak
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[32] 26
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[33] 63
Chart (2019) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[34] 19
US Billboard 200[35] 5
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[36] 3

References edit

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