I’ve been looking for an excuse to do a series like this for a while now, and I think I just got the perfect opportunity.
Chance the Rapper – Acid Rain
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard a rapper craft an deliberately unrhymed cadence, but it is the first time I remember hearing a rapper perform such a maneuver and then call attention to it. “Rhyming” is used synonymously with “rapping” in many rap circles, but in the long history of hip-hop some of the most eloquent, funny, powerful, and memorable lines have come when “rapping” departs from “rhyming” at a key moment. Now that I have a quote from a rapper to title the series, we can begin revisiting some of those beautifully choice moments. Chance’s stanza
Stressin’, pullin’ my hair out, hoping I don’t get picked;
all this medicine in me hoping I don’t get sick;
making all this money hoping I don’t get rich;
‘Cause niggas still getting bodied for foams.
makes it impossible to miss the gravity of that final line. Check RapGenius if you need some deeper explanation on the slang, and stay tuned here for more choice departures from the norm.