Chicago MC Chancelor Bennett's musical career got something of a step up when he was suspended from school for ten days in 2011 for smoking weed. He used his time wisely, cutting the mixtape 10 Day, which has been downloaded more than 20,000 times. He built a tidy following at home thanks to his imaginative, hands-on approach, but the buzz surrounding Bennett is thanks to the music: Acid Rap is among the year's most witty, joyful, freewheeling, groovy collections. Chance’s style is certainly far out, but it’s luscious, often mellow stuff; fans of Erykah Badu’s big, slow beats and catlike phrasing will swoon, as will folks who dig the playful likes of De La Soul. Crash this party for all it's worth.
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