I listened to "No Problem" once then put down my headphones and walked away to grab a glass of water, and in the 37 seconds it took me to get from the kitchen back to this computer, the only thing running through my head, flooding my brain like a serotonin rush, was "You don't want to problem, want no problem with me."
For those of us obsessively tracking the impending release of Chance the Rapper's Chance 3 album, we knew this was coming. About two months ago Wayne was caught on video saying, “I’m on the studio bus. I’m working on a feature for my homeboy Chance the Rapper” and I was hesitantly hype. A Chance and Wayne collab would be more than just a reunion from 2013's "You Say," it would be a passing of the torch of sorts, a passing that would echo Kanye nodding appreciatively onstage as Chance delivered the highlight of "Ultralight Beam."
In the two years since that Dedication 5 collab song Chance has gone from a just-emerging artist who couldn't believe he was actually talking to his hero Lil Wayne to the kind of powerhouse in this own right who could do as much for Wayne's current, Cash Money lawsuitstalled career as vice-versa. Thankfully Wayne delivers here, recapturing some of the mixtape Weezy spirit and energy that Chance so clearly channels himself.
2 Chainz' contribution is solid if not mind blowing, at the very least I'm always here for a great Petey Pablo reference, but the symbolism of Chance uniting new school Chicago and veteran Southern rappers is powerful. If "No Problem" and "Blessings" is any indication of what Chance 3 will sound like when it drops tonight (reportedly at 11 EST, for free, via iTunes) then this just might be the rare case when an album doesn't just meet my borderline-insane expectations, but surpasses it.
LiL Chano from the 79th better get all the GRAMMYs or there's going to be a problem.