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How does one go ahead and rate the Based God? How does one numerically grade a freestyle tape? And how does one even humbly receive a gifted collaboration from two of the most internet-adored rap artists out and take it for anything other than peak meme-culture incarnated? Bay Area legend, Lil B caused online mayhem last month when he posted on social media that he had just knocked out a freestyle album with Chicago artist Chance the Rapper, a report that's finally come to fruition as their unsuspected collaborative freestyle project Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) blessed the interwebs last week. Free is a collection of solely six playful freestyles - unwritten improvisations, not the reused and regurgitated sort now accepted and passed off as momentous - and in case you at any moment forget while listening, the words "off the top" are recapped nine times throughout the short release.

"We're making an entire piece of content from scratch, which is where the best things in life come from. They come from nothing and become something different. This is an allegory to life and life is an allegory to this," Chance rambles on the snare-savvy cut 'What's Next.' The Bay Area and Chi Town companions have never released any music together previously, making Free the first joint effort for the two unconventional rappers whose project serves as one of the most charismatic feel-good rap records of recent memory, despite a level of unpolished distinction. It's plainly all fun and games this time around.

Rhyme-schemes and wordplay are both clever and ridiculous while the importance of "keeping love in your heart and being yourself" streamlines through the positive project. While the two artists may dwell in the same realm of rap hierarchy, the Based God's lackadaisical flow plays the supporting role to Chance's manic approach throughout, and whereas Lil B remains the more consistent freestyler, Chance has clearly honed his skill and become more daring, despite stumbling and mumbling multiple bars. Flaws and all, however, the authentic opus offers refreshing vulnerably beyond the clichéd limits of male-bravado.

There's no ego here as friendship trumps competitiveness and riveting chemistry delivers entertaining freestyles that nearly catapults listeners into the studio session alongside the rappers who laugh at their own expense. 'Do My Dance', shows versatility over upbeat production, while the co-creators sing each other praises about being legends in the making, where the synth-heavy 'Amen', produced by Nate Fox, is a nine-minute spiritual and honest take. The two also light-heartedly claim the title as the number one unsigned artists out in their declaration of independence known as 'First Mixtape', before turning up the bass to 'We Rare', which sounds like a promising single in the beginning stages of becoming one of the catchiest club bangers of the year, if it were to be re-worked.

While the project may have zero replay value and sputter under an influx of unfocused ramblings and shoutouts on every single cut, the organic nature of Free is its best trait. It surely isn't a project for the masses, but rather a gift dedicated to their highly loyal fan-bases, who know not to take the artists too seriously and will now understandably pine for another more official collaboration from the two.

"So real. So authentic." Thank you, Based God.

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