Altered Perspective is our new (in theory) fortnightly feature centred around altered viewpoints. Not everyone holds the same artists dear to their heart, and what you may consider the best record ever made will be utter garbage to someone across the world. I, for example, can't stand the Arctic Monkeys, but I'll bet there's plenty of people willing to argue their god-like status.

Even in close proximity, tastes are varied: in my social circle, my tastes differ quite significantly from the majority, where musical soundtracks, classic rock, blues and pop-punk are the styles of choice.

For the inaugural edition, I speak to my longtime pal Josh Pointing about the site's Album Of The Year 2013, Acid Rap by Chance The Rapper.

Larry Day: Let's start this pretty simply, cause this is the first attempt and I'm not entirely sure where to begin. Did you like Acid Rap?

Josh Pointing: I did. Quite a lot – it's been a long time since I listened to an album in its entirety, so it started to feel samey after a while, but that could just be me. I liked that it took a lot of influence from Funkadelic and other funk/early rap sounds, and wove them in pretty seamlessly with more modern electronic stuff, and I liked that it wasn't all just about the rapping – although that was great, even if Chance's voice is a bit of an acquired taste – and the focus seemed to be more on the music that surrounded it.

Larry: I agree, I found the 'nah nah nah'-ing grated to start with.

Josh: ...and the random occasional shrieks, although they grew on me.

Larry: Going back to what you said about the funk influences – I think it's a testament to the quality of Acid Rap's production that it was one of the things you liked most.

Josh: Also, where I had heard vaguely about Chance The Rapper before, I was pleased to discover he wasn't all just about bitches'n'hos, as it were. It seemed to move past that.

Larry: Even though you're not a massive hip-hop fan, do you think it's true for rap in general at the moment or is this an isolated example?

"It's beautifully produced, with a lot of depth that I'd imagine repays multiple listens really well."

Josh: I couldn't say much about the current state really – my experience doesn't extend much further than Kanye West, Eminem and Macklemore, although certainly there seems to be an attempt to move beyond the era that felt defined by Dr. Dre and Jay-Z etc., at least to my unschooled ears – Macklemore moving into new ground in terms of subject matter but not necessarily production, and Chance the Rapper doing new stuff with production.

Larry: I think it definitely has moved a lot, especially over the past two or three years. Kanye's been pretty instrumental in that, in my opinion anyway. Rap and hip-hop have migrated from something derided as dangerous to the main genre of music the Western world has. It's got a lot more confident – rappers aren't always professing to be drug dealers or gang members or whatever to stave of self-doubt and puff chests. Some do, of course, but it's less common. Just look at Drake, famously the most sensitive rapper, which a decade (or maybe slightly longer) ago would've been an enormous oxymoron.

Anywho. Is it safe to say that rap isn't your genre of choice?

Josh: There's lots of stuff I like, but I do have a particular soft spot for Funkadelic and Victor Wooten and late-'70s funk, so it was cool to see those influences resurfacing in Acid Rap. Along with Daft Punk at the moment, there seems to be a move back towards those kind of analog sounds. Which is nice, as someone who's sick of hearing ninety thousand indie bands that sound like The xx, all sparse and echo-y and electronic (not that The xx are that electronic-sounding, but you know what I mean).

Larry: To be honest, I'd prefer The xx over '70s funk! I think lots of people would agree with you in this situation though, especially since the changes in music we've had in the past few years. Funk's back, dragged kicking and screaming by a revitalised Nile Rodgers. The site even made Acid Rap their number one record of 2013.

Josh: I like The XX too, but its nice to hear some different flavours coming through. Having not heard an abundance of new albums last year – Frank Turner, Laura Marling, Jake Bugg and Franz Ferdinand's are the only ones that spring to mind – I've mainly been exploring older stuff. I couldn't comment on the competition, but I can absolutely see why it'd get chosen. It's beautifully produced, with a lot of depth that I'd imagine repays multiple listens really well.

"It still felt, to me, like music you've got to put in a little effort to appreciate, and meet it halfway."

Larry: Do you think you'll continue listening to it/keep up with Chance The Rapper now? Side note: did you see he was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2014?

Josh: I didn't see that, but it makes sense. I think I'll keep a bit of an eye out, certainly give any of his new stuff a listen. In my disgustingly mainstream way, I'll probably wait to see if his songwriting gets a bit poppier/hookier before leaping onto the bandwagon.

Larry: Are there not enough hooks already? If you want more, he collaborated with Justin Bieber. I'd say he was deep in pop territory...

Josh: Very possibly there are, but they didn't sink in so well on the first listen. It still felt, to me, like music you've got to put in a little effort to appreciate, and meet it halfway. Not at all in a bad way, though. (But you're not selling me with the Bieber collab...)

Larry: Not many were sold by it! You've mentioned a lot about the level of funkitude on offer. Do you think Acid Rap sounds similar to many other things/styles/bands?

Josh: Grandmaster Flash a little bit, Gil Scott-Heron – many modern things I'm unfamiliar with too, I'm sure.

Larry: Were there any tracks that particularly stood out for you? Most people have singled out 'Cocoa Butter Kisses' as a highlight.

Josh: Yes! That one I remember the lyrics, particularly in the chorus, really stood out.

Larry: It's apparently about disappointing his mum.

Josh: Aww, did she not like the album?

Larry: Haha, I have no idea - I think it's more about being disappointed in his lifestyle. But I guess even that sort of topic bolsters your point of rap seeming like it's moved on. Can you imagine many other rappers singing/rapping about their mum?

Josh: Macklemore, definitely. Perhaps Kanye. Eminem definitely, although perhaps not quite in the same way... It definitely feels like the palette has expanded though, that rap has the same range of subjects to talk about as any other genre; there aren't any that are off-limits.

Larry: Does it surprise you, given the topics of yesteryear?

Josh: It's surprising that it's taken this long, I think. Especially given rap's origins – it seems it started out with a much broader range of things to talk about, but when the N.W.A. era came along, it all sort of regressed.

Larry: So it's more a revival than something completely new?

Josh: Clawing its way back from a very long setback, is what it seems like.

Larry: One last quick question before we wrap up: where does Chance The Rapper, or more precisely, Acid Rap, stand in that journey? Is this an end of an era, or the beginning, or some sort of waypoint in the middle? Or, does it serve very little purpose in the grand scheme?

Josh: The beginning, one would hope! There seem to be enough people moving in that direction – and that'll be where the mainstream big money lies, I'd guess.