With Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper topped our Best Mixtapes of 2013 list, and he's currently within the Top 5 in the building Readers list. Beyond that his excellent mixtape has earned him a spot on tour with Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, and in-studio collaborations with Bieber, Weezy, James Blake and Childish Gambino. It's not even particularly shocking to hear Acid Rap being compared to College Dropout anymore. In other words, Chance the Rapper is at a pivotal moment in his career where he can either drop a channel ORANGE, or a good kid, m.A.A.d. city, or he can become the next Big Sean. We're excited to see how this unfolds in 2014.
Until then, it's pretty interesting to see how Chance cultivated his ebullient madhouse flow. Thanks to some crafty redditors, we can now listen to and download two early mixtapes from our MC du jour. These two tapes, Good Enough and Back to School Pack were recorded circa 2009 when Chance was all of 16 years old. After you burn through these, check out last year's #10Day, the tape that started it all.