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Last week I swung by South Loop studio Force One Seven to speak with buzzing local MC Chancelor Bennett (aka Chance the Rapper) for this week’s installment of Three Beats. He’s gearing up to release a mixtape called Acid Rap, and he played me a bit of the eclectic and hooky new material, some of which is still in the works. Bennett’s planning on performing some of the new songs during his headlining set at the Metro on Fri 11/23—for more on that, check out the Three Beats article.

After listening to chunks of the in-progress Acid Rap—including the seeds of a song that samples Kanye West—Bennett spoke to me about the new project, LSD, his #10Day mixtape, and how he helped with Obama’s reelection campaign. Here’s an abridged version of our conversation:

On his headlining gig at the Metro:

We’ve been knowing the owners of the Metro for I think a couple of years now. We first worked with them when we did the Kids These Days show with Rockie Fresh, and that was a super successful show actually, sold out and everything. We worked with a couple of other venues in Chicago and the Metro was, for us, kind of like a big, just like a checkpoint in life, you know what I’m saying?