Chance The Rapper isn't a full-blown star yet, but he's well on his way, and we're willing to bet that he soon will be. He first hit the scene with his mixtape 10 Day in 2012, and while it garnered considerable buzz (enough to get him on our list of 10 Chicago Rappers To Watch For before it even dropped) it wasn't enough to make him pop off on rap blogs. 10 Day did set the stage for his second tape, this year's excellent Acid Rap—a mixtape so good that we named it the second best album of 2013 so far, second only to Kanye West's Yeezus. Not only was Acid Rap critically praised, it launched Chance's career in a major way, sparking interest from just about every major label.
We know a star when we see one, and as with Kid Cudi and A$AP Rocky before him, Chance The Rapper shows all the signs. So we decided to take a chance on Chance and give him the first major magazine cover of his budding career. We sent staff writer (and fellow Chicago native) David Drake on the road with Chance as he toured the country in a used RV. Meanwhile, we enlisted photographer Chris McPherson to shoot a star we're going to be seeing a lot of in the future—along with some sort of alien who might have flown in from the future. Chance The Rapper talks about how he grew up idolizing Michael Jackson, how Kanye West's The College Dropout convinced him he didn't need school, and confesses his love of skydiving. We even hit the strip club with him and his crew. The Chance The Rapper issue goes on sale in October, but you can read the full cover story right now.
CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR A FULL TRACK-BY-TRACK BREAKDOWN OF ACID RAP ON COMPLEXTV!
WATCH OUR EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF CHANCE THE RAPPER—AND AN ALIEN: