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

Chance the Rapper developed a significant buzz in his hometown of Chicago last year, but it was “Juice” that really turned the eyes and ears of the nation his way. It’s no wonder that the video was shot in Times Square, as if he had already known that it would propel him from relative obscurity to the plateau of sold-out New York City shows. Over a crackling Nate Fox track (which samples a Donny Hathaway cover of “Jealous Guy”), Chance sang-rap-spazzed about facing Vegas and stock-broker winter solstices—and, whatever he was talking about, it sounded great. He proved he had the juice he was claiming, setting the stage for his phenomenal break-out mixtape, Acid Rap. —Alexander Gleckman