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Vic Spencer and Chris Crack
Late last week, Chicago rappers Chris Crack
and Vic Spencer
released their second collaborative full-length as Chris Spencer, Blessed
. These hardscrabble MCs continue down the path they set with last year's Who the Fuck Is Chris Spencer?
, which is as much about the intersection of their distinctive personas as it is about what makes each one unique. Spencer is rough around the edges, with a gruff voice whose power can make a rich instrumental sound brittle by comparison, while the flamboyant Crack doles out colorful hyperbole with a nasal bite.
Many of the backing tracks on Blessed
feature soulful loops redolent of the 1970s, a laid-back sound that provides hospitable common ground for the rappers' disparate styles. On "Hooligan," Crack and Spencer dial back the battle-ready approach they bring to much of the rest of the album, seeming almost at ease as they jell with the track's twinkling keys and sluggish percussion. The rappers held a Blessed
listening party at the Whistler on Saturday, and they headline a free show at Emporium
in Wicker Park on Thursday.