The 50 Greatest Chicago Rap Songs

25. Chance the Rapper "Juice" (2013)

Producer: Nate Fox
Album: Acid Rap
Label: N/A


Chance The Rapper's emergence in 2013 as rap's latest prodigy has been nothing short of remarkable, with "Juice" lending itself as an intoxicating salvo from the Chatham-native. Chance plays off the smooth backdrop, with a whimsical demeanor immersed in every bar ("Wonder if I wrote this, 'cause it's so crisp/The most brokest cold stock broker winter solstice"). His delivery comes off as spontaneous, yet it's clear that each moment—tonal inflection, vocal break, ad-lib—serves a purpose. 20 years after Q, Chance got the juice now. —Edwin Ortiz

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