BRACKETS #1: Chance the Rapper vs. KYLE

HERE. WE. ARE. The first round of BRACKETS. I hope you’re hype, ’cause I am! This week, we have Chance the Rapper (and the Father) and KYLE.

LET’S GET INTO IT!

ROUND 1: SPOTIFY TOP 10

HOW MANY SONGS FROM THEIR TOP 10 SONGS ON SPOTIFY (AS OF JUNE 19TH 2020) POP UP ON MY SPOTIFY LIKED TRACKS PLAYLIST.

So we have:

CHANCE’S TOP 10
KYLE’S TOP 10

And as you can see, I’m fake af lol. I actually love 6/10 of Chance’s Top 10 and only 2/10 of Kyle’s. BUT this round is about dedication, and I guess (despite at least 200 listens) I didn’t think Coloring Book (2016) or Acid Rap (2013) needed to be saved to my phone. I do really enjoy Kyle’s “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love” – If I’m not mistaken, I decided to save it after trying to think through what songs I wanted to listen to on a 2 hour plane ride. It was definitely worth it. So…despite what my heart feels, I have to give the first round to Kyle.

ROUND 2: DISCOGRAPHY

QUALITY OF THE PROJECTS THEY RELEASED BEFORE I STARTED LISTENING TO THEM (BASED ON THE LIST ON THEIR WIKI PAGES)

CHANCE: So I have to confess (if I haven’t mentioned this already): I’ve never listened to 10 Day (2012). I don’t know why lol I’ve just never felt moved to add that as a part of my life. BUT I did start listening to Chance when Acid Rap came out, so per wikipedia, 10 Day is the only project I’ve missed from him. So I haven’t missed much, but I also haven’t had much pre-Acid Rap exposure.

KYLE: Kyle doesn’t have a bunch of albums out, but he does have a bunch of mixtapes that he released when he was going by K.I.D. that I’ve never listened to and didn’t know existed until today lol I started listening to him when Smyle (2015) came out and I have listened to a lot of Beautiful Loser (2013), which is technically the only pre-Smyle project he released as KYLE. But since I’m counting those mixtapes I never knew existed until today, I’m gonna have to give this round to Chancelor.

ROUND #3: REPEAT VALUE

WHO HAVE I LISTENED TO THE MOST DURING THE PAST YEAR (BETWEEN JUNE 19 2019 AND JUNE 19 2020)

Here are the numbers (per Last.FM):

I don’t think I need to sat more lol. Chance has this one!

ROUND #4: IMPACT ON MY LIFE

I have no problem saying how much impact Chance the Rapper has had on my life so far. I started listening to him 2013, and as I was listening to him, I was introduced to all of the other Chicago artists that were starting to come up around that time. So Noname, Saba, Mick Jenkins, Vic Mensa, and a bunch of other super talented folks. And without those people, my musical life would not be the same. So I have to give Chance a lot of props for that – even though he can be a little bit of a cornball and The Big Day (2019) was very much disappointing (I just have to bring that up every chance I get lol). And Kyle’s impact on my life was nowhere near that LOL it would be rude and disrespectful for me to even pretend like it was. I did start listening to him during my first year in college, and so there’s that memory of having his music be a part of an entrance into my adulthood. But other than that his impact on my life doesn’t come close to Chance’s. Chance is my buddy ❤

BONUS ROUND: POSITIVE BOYS

I think Chance and Kyle both make pretty positive music. They both make the kind of music that you can listen to in the car with your mom and she won’t ask you to turn it off because it has too many curse words LOL. It’s the music that helps you have a better day when you feel like your life is falling apart. And since I don’t think I can really choose who I feel like makes them more positive music, I’m giving this round to both of them. I think they both do a really good job at working to change the musical narrative that Black men have to always make music to shoot guns to. Or music to have sex or get money too. And there’s nothing wrong with that stuff. I love a good trap song as you know. But sometimes I just want to close my eyes and smile for a few minutes while I listen to a song. And that’s even more important to expanding what Black boyhood and manhood looks like and sounds like. I think that’s important for Black boys growing up to have role models like that. Show them that they don’t always have to be rough and tough, and it’s okay to be gentle and kind and love your wife and love your kids. Despite how corny it might seem.

NOW FOR THE TALLY…

Chance is finishing with 4 rounds won and Kyle is finishing with 2, so BRACKET #1 is going to Chance the Rapper, my positive, wife and king-loving, Chicago-repping, hat-wearing KING!

Let us update the bracket, shall we???


And there we have it. Chance is our first BRACKETS winner, and he’ll be going against IDK in a couple of weeks, which shall be interesting!

Check out the BRACKETS landing page here! Check out the live BRACKETS tournament page here! And you can download a pdf version of the blank BRACKETS tournament below ❤

UNTIL NEXT TIME!

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