Well the moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived, but not the way we may have expected. Chance the Rapper has new music and its free, but lets be clear this is not Chance’s album. This is not the long awaited solo studio album that most of us have been searching for since his last mixtape, Acid Rap. The new album is Surf by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. Some of you are probably like who is Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. Others may be thinking “WE WANT CHANCE! WE WANT CHANCE! WE WANT CHANCE!” Well let me explain, Nico Segal aka Donnie Trumpet, is a talented musician and good friend of Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment is Chance’s music group of musicians from various style backgrounds like hip-hop and jazz. This isn’t a move that most anticipated but Chance continues do to as he pleases. This album is filled with amazing songs from Donnie Trumpet, The Social Experiment and various featured artists.
What I love about this album is how eclectic it is yet it flows together like a magical piece of art. The songs use real instruments and that is rare nowadays when everyone relies on technology to create beats and sounds. Its refreshing to hear real instruments, because it reminds me that the true artistry of music has not been loss. The album is filled with electric sounds and great raps. Its not an album that most people would expect because it has so much versatility and the features range from J. Cole, to Janelle Monae, to Busta Rhymes to Migos and many more. You would never imagine all these people working together especially with the main artist on the album being a trumpet player. That versatility though is what makes this album so amazing. The last time I felt this way about an album was when I first heard the album Traphouse Rock by Kids These Days. Most people probably have no clue who I’m talking about, but let me tell you this if you haven’t listened to Traphouse Rock you ain’t living right. Kids These Days was a young band out of Chicago made up of and musicians, singers and rappers. Some of their most notable members were Vic Mensa, Nico Segal and Chance the Rapper was also featured on many of their songs. This album was a mix of classical, hip-hop and numerous other genres. What made Traphouse Rock so amazing is similar to what makes Surf so great. Its not mainstream music it is real art, timeless music. As a musician I would be thrilled to be apart of a piece of art like this. The only weird thing that I’m still trying to figure out is why none of the features are actually credited on Surf, but I’m sure there is a good reason for that. All in all I recommend that everyone listens to Surf and once you finish that album you should listen to Traphouse Rock. And to Chance the Rapper I will continue to wait for your album, but for now Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment will definitely suffice.