"Acid Rap": Chance The Rapper On How His Iconic Mixtape Influenced Jack Harlow & Lil Uzi Vert

The 2013 project, which boasts titles like "Cocoa Butter Kisses" and "Favorite Song," celebrated its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

BYHayley Hynes

It sometimes feels like just yesterday when hip-hop heads all over were blasting Chance the Rapper's "Cocoa Butter Kisses" from car windows at top volume. The uber-catchy, Vic Mensa and Twista-assisted song appears on the 30-year-old's Acid Rap mixtape, which arrived back in 2013. In fact, this past weekend, the 14-track project celebrated its 10-year anniversary, for which Complex spoke with Chance about his past work and its undeniable influence, among other things.

"In terms of rap, like, there was not another album that had a song like ‘Chain Smoker’ on it or another album that had a song like ‘Everybody’s Something’ on it," he told the outlet during their chat. "It was its own thing," CTR added, though he did compare it to other huge arrivals in the same genre also released that year. Among them were Mac Miller's Watching Movies With The Sound Off, Kanye West's Yeezus, and Drake's Nothing Was The Same. Additionally, J. Cole's Born Sinner album came up in the discussion as well.

Chance the Rapper Reflects on His Influence

According to Chance, the sound he crafted on Acid Rap still holds up to this day and even continues to influence emerging artists – particularly those coming up out of the Midwest. "I think you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody that’s a year or two younger than me that wasn’t influenced by Acid Rap, even if they weren’t from [that area]," the father of two speculated. "Jack Harlow, Uzi Vert. People that are from opposite coasts and from other places still tell me, like, what the album meant to them at that time."

Besides the most popular song, "Cocoa Butter Kisses," Chance the Rapper's fans have also been running up streams on titles like "Favorite Song" with Childish Gambino as well as "Lost" featuring Noname. The Chicago native connected with no shortage of collaborators for the mixtape, including Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Saba, BJ The Chicago Kid, Nate Fox, and Lili K. What's your favourite song off of Acid Rap, ten years later? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to tap back in with HNHH later for more hip-hop news updates.


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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.