If you’re looking for a feel-good mixtape for the end of summer, look no further than Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper. Chance the Rapper, at only 20 years old, was included in XXL Magazine’s 2013 Freshman Class nominees, and was highlighted in Complex Magazine as one of their “10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For.”
Chance the Rapper is sure to be going places. Acid Rap, Chance’s second mixtape, features big names like Childish Gambino, Twista, Action Bronson, and Ab-Soul.
This mixtape makes me smile. Chance has said in interviews that he used to exclusively listen to jazz and soul, and that College Dropout by Kanye West was the first hip-hop album he ever listened to. The influence both styles is evident in the unique combination of intricate wordplay and jazzy musicality. His flow is fast, rhythmic and varied. His voice is a bit high and whiny, but easy to adjust to.
Download Acid Rap along with his first mixtape 10 Day on Chance the Rapper’s website http://chanceraps.com/ for FREE.
The Lonely Island are back with their new song “Yolo,” featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar. Not surprisingly, they interpret “You Only Live Once” in a different way. I think it’s pretty funny that Kendrick Lamar and Drake have worked with each other on a few songs (“Poetic Justice”, “Fuckin Problem”), and now Kendrick is making fun of Drake’s party-hard “moto.”
Penn State folk band Free Rollercoaster has released their first EP, Plaid Part of Town. The EP includes five finished tracks and two demos, all recorded and mixed by Evan Whildin. This EP is the relaxing, melodic study music that I have been looking for. The vocal harmonies are spot on, and there is even a flute solo on one of the tracks.
Click here to get to Free Rollercoaster’s bandcamp page, where you can listen to and download the EP for free. You may also purchase the EP for as much as you are willing to give, if you so choose.
Penn State’s own Free Rollercoaster, an original Folk band that utilizes almost every instrument known to man (only sort of exaggerating here), will play their final show this Saturday, December 15th at 157 East Park Ave. This is a FREE event, and Free Rollercoaster will be handing out copies of their newly recorded EP. The show starts at 9pm.
Topher Stephenson will open the show, followed by the talented Sharleen Chidiac, followed by the equally talented Eric Faust and Mike D Mulligan.
Check the Youtube video below to listen to one of their many original songs, “Pearly Gates.”
No really though. Listen. And click here for the Facebook event to let them know you’re coming!