Chance the Rapper celebrated the 10th anniversary of his groundbreaking mixtape, Acid Rap, this year. During a conversation at the Apple Store in his hometown of Chicago, the 30-year-old artist sat down with Ebro Darden to reflect on his career's early days. The discussion turned to the "toughest challenge" he faced during the Acid Rap era, which he revealed was touring with Macklemore.
Chance expressed immense gratitude for Macklemore, describing him as an amazing person who had tremendously supported him. However, he recounted the difficulties he encountered while touring with Macklemore in Europe. The tour consisted of 38 dates, all in 20,000-capacity venues, and included off-market locations like Poland and Dusseldorf. To make matters more challenging, the audiences at these shows did not speak English.
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“Macklemore is an amazing, amazing person and helped me out tremendously,” Chance said to Ebro. “But his shows, it was in Europe and it was, I think 38 dates, all 20,000 capacity rooms, all like off markets too, like Poland and Dusseldorf. These people didn't speak English at all."“And not only did they not speak English, he sold out all these shows before I was announced on the ticket,” Chance continued. “So it's really bad when you go to a show and there's an opener that you don't want to see. It's way worse when it's a surprise opener that you don't want to see. That's speaking a different language and Black, a lot of negatives on top of each other for the Swedish crowds. So I'm dealing with that. When I came home, I got to finally feel at the end of that year when I went on my own solo tour, I got to feel having my own crowd, selling my own tickets, and really built my whole off that tour."
Acid Rap, released on April 13, 2013, featured collaborations with artists like Childish Gambino, BJ the Chicago Kid, Vic Mensa, Twista, Noname, Saba, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, and more. Chance celebrated the tape's anniversary this year with special shows in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.