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Paranoia – Final

    In 2013, the year that the album Acid Rap debuted, 414 people were killed in Chicago. 80 percent of those deaths were attributed to gun violence. “While amounting to an 18 percent increase from 2012, which saw a… Continue Reading →

“Paranoia” Lineage

Self Destruction, The Stop the Violence Movement (1991) → Changes, 2Pac (1998) → Mama Knows, The Game (2011) → Paranoia, Chance the Rapper (2013) Looking at this lineage of songs, they each exhibit a narrative style that reflects on the… Continue Reading →

Paranoia – Fourth Listen

“Paranoia” by Chance the Rapper is a social commentary on gun violence in Chicago, bringing attention to the lack of discussion in the media as well as how common guns are in the city. The widespread particularly affects the youth… Continue Reading →

Paranoia – Third Listen

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, rap is a “musical style in which rhythmic and/or rhyming speech is chanted (“rapped”) to musical accompaniment. This backing music, which can include digital sampling (music and sounds extracted from other recordings), is also called… Continue Reading →

“Paranoia” – Second Listen

After listening to Chance the Rapper’s “Paranoia” more intently, I feel it is important to understand the context behind the song to fully appreciate and understand what is being said. I think the song is powerful as a social commentary… Continue Reading →

Paranoia by Chance the Rapper

The song “Paranoia” by Chance the Rapper was released in 2013 and was made in collaboration with LA producer Nosaj Thing. Paranoia is hidden after a 30 second pause, following the song Pusha Man and is the second song on… Continue Reading →

Paranoia & American Idiot

“Paranoia” by Chance the Rapper (2013) I had first heard this song in my junior year of high school around 2013. I originally thought that Chance the Rapper was describing his relationship with paranoia. I was not familiar with him… Continue Reading →

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