[listen] James Blake feat. Chance The Rapper, “Life Round Here” (remix)

An Overgrown tune becomes a showcase for the Chicago rapper.

- Sep 17, 2013

Drake finally got a long-gestating James Blake feature on his new album, but first Chance The Rapper's giving us a full taste of what good rap would sound like over the singer/songwriter's chilly sounds. In contrast to the rough sonics and instrumentals remakes that helped distinguish Lil Wayne's Dedication series, this remix is tweaked and refined. Higher maintenance. There's not a crinkle in sight, not even when it introduces a morph from tenderly synthesized tundra to sizzling boom-bap shaker. The thing's mainly a showcase for Chance, his underrated singing voice relegating Blake's to backup, and his very-rated rapping turning in some reliably great verses. Listen below via Noisey.

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