Chance The Rapper’s AcidRap was one of the most lauded projects of 2013, and deservedly finds itself high on many end-of-year lists across the music Internets right now. But, as committed fans will know, the free tape that wound up on the Billboard 200 was actually Chance’s sophomore effort; he built a local buzz with his impressive debut, #10Day, last April.
Of course, like many other gifted MCs, Chance was honing his skills well before then. The Chicago sensation used to go by the name Chano, and was part of a duo called Instrumentality with his high school buddy, Justin aka J-emcee. And thanks to one particularly investigative fan, Reddit user lavmar, two previously unheard Chano/Chance The Rapper mixtapes that predate #10Day have surfaced online.
There’s the five-track Back to School Pack, on which he raps over The Roots’ “Radio Daze” and Memphis Bleek’s “Dear Summer,” and Good Enough, which offers a further nine never-before-heard cuts. Obviously Chance was noticeably rougher around the edges back then (his animated, unhinged delivery not yet developed), but the kid from Chicago clearly hasn’t strayed too far from his soulful, introspective and fun-loving roots.
Stream and download Chance’s early mixtapes after the jump…