Chance The Rapper finally releases old mixtapes on streaming services

June 28th was a great day in the hip hop world for many reasons. I mean it was a Friday after all, which is known as the best day of the week for new music releases (you can check out all of June 28th’s new releases here). But the biggest reason that it was great is because Chance The Rapper has finally released his beloved 10 Day and Acid Rap mixtapes to music streaming services. The only streaming platform these projects had been on before today was Soundcloud, simply because they contained a lot of unreleased samples. But that’s a thing of the past now for the most part, so let’s dig into the projects a bit. 

10 Day

10 Day was inspired by Bennett having to serve a 10 day suspension from high school for marijuana possession in 2011. It is a very special project for me and a lot of other Chance fans. It was our first exposure to Chance and made him really stand out among his young Chicago peers.

10 Day was his first official release under the Chance The Rapper name that we all know and love today. It gave us a sincere and honest look into the life of a young high school aged Chance Bennett. The project is absolutely full of amazing and heartfelt jams that you don’t hear that much these days… 

  

Essential 10 Day Tracks

which leads me to my next point: there are so many songs on this project that are essential for any Chance fan or person wanting to get into his music now that it’s more accessible. Here are my most essential 10 Day tracks that you need to check out:

Acid Rap

Oh man, this is where it really starts getting good. I will say this right now: Acid Rap is a top five mixtape of all time, no question about it. The love and passion that went into creating this project is palpable; it just evokes so many different feelings. 

Acid Rap was released on April 30th, 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. The project was inspired by Chance’s use of psychedelic drugs LSD and acid, even though it wasn’t the only reason the project was created in the first place. He has said that Acid Rap is more musically than story based compared to 10 Day, while also being cohesive in its own way. Most of the artists and producers on the project are based in Chicago, making for a bigger hometown feel.  

      

Essential Acid Rap Tracks

Honestly all of the tracks on this project are essential, but me saying that isn’t the purpose of this section. Here are some of the most essential tracks off Acid Rap, even though you wouldn’t be wrong to just listen to the whole thing:

Should I listen?

To put it bluntly: if you are a fan of modern hip hop even in the slightest, you need to listen to these projects. There are both amazing in their own way and deserve the respect of hip hop fans everywhere. I can’t put into words how excited I am to finally add these classic tracks to my playlists and bump them all summer!

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What to Stream: December 2018

I’ve filed through the best new releases for December across all major streaming platforms, so that you don’t have to excavate through them yourself. Enjoy!

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in Sorry To Bother You (2018)

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Now streaming on Hulu

One of the best from the most recent Sundance Film Festival, this whip-smart satire is set in Oakland in the not-too-distant future. The film opens with Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) interviewing for an entry-level position doing outbound sales at a call center. The film goes absolutely off the rails from there, and explores values dissonance in the modern age in ways that are shocking, subversive, and laugh-out-loud funny. Tessa Thompson’s statement earrings (in more than one sense of the word) are worth the price of admission alone.

Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally (1989)

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

Now streaming on Showtime

Let’s be honest: most of the holiday movie streaming options this year are abysmal. While I might be tempted to watch some made-for-TV Hallmark movie, or Love Actually for the umpteenth time, or even the Michael Shannon furry movie, I’m leaning towards New Year’s offerings this time around. hen Harry Met Sally… a staple for alternative NYE plans, packed with Nora Ephron’s signature sharp dialogue. As we also approach the anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s passing, now is also a good time to appreciate some of her underrated roles, including her turn as Sally’s close friend and confidant Marie.

A dog who sounds an awful lot like Jeff Goldblum in Isle of Dogs (2018)

Isle of Dogs (2018)

Available December22 on HBO Now

At this point in Wes Anderson’s career, you either find him charming or cloying. I definitely lead towards charming, especially with something like Isle of Dogs. I personally love stop motion animation, films set in Japan, and every dog I have ever met in my entire life, but what really makes the film stand out is its usage of language. Aside from the dogs, and select scenes with American exchange student Tracy (Greta Gerwig) and an English interpretor (Frances McDormand), all dialogue is in Japanese without subtitles. This leave us as an audience to both question the reliability of the relayed information from our translators, how subjective an “accurate” translation can be when certain words may not capture the precise emotions or ideas when shifting roots and alphabets. We are also made more aware that Atari’s (Koyu Rankin) experiences and feelings in adolescence are something more universal.

Heather Graham in Boogie Nights (1997)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Now streaming on Amazon Prime

After playing ping-pong from one streaming platform to another this past year, one of my go-to film recommendations returns to Prime. Boasting in insane ensemble cast (Julianne Moore? John C. Reilly?? Don Cheadle??? Philip Seymour Hoffman????) and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights follows the rise and fall of a young porn star in the San Fernando Valley. A classic found family story set in the backdrop of 70s glamour and 80s excess, Boogie Nights remains an essential contemporary cult classic, and will forever change the way that you listen to Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”.