Friday, August 7, 2015

Lil B & Chance The Rapper Unleash Stream of Consciousness "Based Freestyle Album," Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)

"Nothin' leftover so I came back to the land with my homie Lil B and half of my bands... No sleep, stayin' up real late with my mans and out in Chicago droppin' sh*t off the top. They thought after Surf this sh*t would just stop. What's their problem? What's, what's their problem?" former Kids These Days affiliate and Kanye-influenced Chi-town emcee Chance The Rapper ferociously rhymes on "Last Dance"'s introductory bars; having previously described his 6-track Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) recorded with eccentric Internet personality/rapper and motivational speaker Lil B as a "full-fledged album... it's a classic... it's a masterpiece." Free was supposedly recorded in one marathon day-long session, prior to Chance's performance at last month's Pitchfork Music Festival, with completely off the dome bars and absolutely no pre-written verses "made the moment [they] met." "@chancetherapper HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE. BE THE FIRST TO LISTEN!!!" @LILBTHEBASEDGOD exuberantly wrote upon Free's surprise Wednesday afternoon release, which has been self-described as a "based freestyle album."

It almost plays out like a laid-back, stream of consciousness collection of random, yet well-assembled on the fly ideas, which I would compare to a perfect organic mixture of Chance The Rapper & Lil B's individual styles; there are components lifted from Chance's mainstream, but still vaguely left-field, Acid Rap and Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment-assisted "debut" Surf mixed in with Lil B's seemingly infinitely prolific, self-empowering weirdo "based" rapping style. Urban Dictionary effectively defines Lil B's positively reclaimed term based as, "when you don't care what people think; it's a way of life; doing what you want; how [you] want; wearing what [you] want." While little is know about the mysterious production work and features within Free, like-minded Chicago femcee Noname Gypsy appears on album intro "Last Dance" and Chance The Rapper's Social Experiment affiliate Nate Fox seems to have contributed production to "Amen." Lil B & Chance The Rapper's history-making Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) is now available to collect... err, I mean, download for your "chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool" summertime listening pleasure on Soundcloud and in turn, Twitter.

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