Chance the Rapper has released four songs that are haphazard in their message but come together to express his current state in life. Although the songs are not huge hits and have somewhat coasted under the radar since their release, it seemed important for Chance to get this music and/or thoughts off his chest.
The songs, all unique and fairly random in their approach, deal with a variety of topics. First, up is “65th & Ingleside” which explains the hardships that Chance put his wife-to-be Kirsten Corley through while they were growing up in Chicago. The track displays how it took Chance a while to come around; even his friend even stepping in to say:
“N****, growth and development
Go and settle down, don’t settle for settlement
She got you closer to God
She moved over from Evanston
You moved over Eggleston”
– Apple Music Lyrics
Track two titled “Wala Cam” features 28-year-old Chicago artist Supa Bwe. The two divvy up the four-minute record to express the dance scene in the underground of their beloved city.
Next up is “Work out” where Chance lays smooth vocals over a soothing jazz type beat. He explains to his ex-girlfriends that they will be okay, no what the turn out is. Chance is very happy where he is at and will continue to grow with the mother of his child while they prepare to have more children, but Chance is still apologetic for the way things turned out with the woman in his past. with lyrics like:
“That shit might hurt now but I’m with her now
Don’t need closure now, just keep the shirt now
Sorry you were led to believe
Bunch of different stories that was never to be
No, you isn’t ugly, I just said it to be funny
We both know you look better than me”
– Apple Music Lyrics
Last, but not least, Chance reaches out to the people who have given him his most trouble in a song titled, “I Might Need Security.” This track is definitely his most lyrical of the four as he spits over a female voice continuously singing “Fuck You.” Chance gives dialogue and plenty of reasons for all the good he has done since changing from his acid rap style. He addresses attacks at his fatherhood, community service, and the media among other things. He reminds his haters that no matter the criticism that they throw his way, he has God on his side and twice as much support than hate.