At this point any up-and-coming Chicago MC is going to get compared to Chance the Rapper
, whose Acid Rap
mixtape is one of the best full-lengths of 2013. A handful will probably have to keep hearing themselves identified in Chance-centric terms for years to come because of their relationships with the ascending star, and at the top of that list is Chance’s younger brother, 17-year-old Taylor Bennett
. And the connection isn’t just about blood: Taylor’s singing voice sometimes carries a whiff of Chance’s high-pitched delivery. Of course, Taylor is indebted to other artists too, sometimes obviously so—on the chorus of “Speed Racer,”
from the recent mixtape The Taylor Bennett Show
, he stretches out till he sometimes sounds like he’s imitating the twangy, laid-back vocal hook of OutKast’s “ATLiens.”
He raps with a mischievous charm and a little growl in his throat, and he can breeze through his verses with an easy speed that makes him seem untethered to the weight of his lyrics, which are often thoughtful or even melancholy. On “Dear Daddy”
Taylor laments the appalling number of slain black teenagers so poignantly that his words sound like the work of someone decades his senior. —Leor Galil Tokyo Shawn, Palmer Squares, Supreme Regime, and Noname Gypsy open.