The rap of Chicago's Chief Keef and his crew proved to be one of the most divisive topics in recent hip-hop history. Chance the Rapper, a Windy City MC fresh out of high school, may prove to be the great uniter. His new mixtape Acid Rap drops sometime in April, and it's poised to propel him towards a major label deal and, in a world where Kendrick Lamar can go gold without a radio single, eventual stardom. It's not without merit that Kendrick is who Chance will likely find himself being compared to, but that's also proximity talking. Chance's music — from his cartoonish, nasally voice to his slippery flow — has some roots in early Eminem, but Kanye West looms largest. His raps are preoccupied with the same stuff that swirled around the brain of a neophyte 'Ye — school, mom, girls, peers, respect. His beats even bend towards soul (and sometimes gospel), and though his sense of humor isn't as blunt and slapstick as Yeezy, he has the same wry, disarming charm. It would be unfair to hold any young rapper up to Kanye's legacy, but Chance has the, uh, chance to be a similarly transitional figure. J.S.