Chance the Rapper has taken a completely different approach with his latest release, Surf. Unlike in Acid Rap where Chance was put on the spotlight, there is an emphasis on his collaboration with Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment in this album, which gives off a different vibe in terms of the rhymes, arrangements and flows. For those of you who don’t know, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment is just an alias of 21-year old trumpeter Nico Segal, joined by other members Peter Wilkins, Nate Fox and Greg Landfair Jr.
The opening track Miracle highlights Chance’s ability to take on an interesting beat coupled with a complex lyrical flow. This first track sets up for a wicked record, which features a bounty of rappers and singers such as BoB, Janelle Monae, Busta Rhymes and more. The rest of the track-list showcases the versatility in his style and how the genre of rap can combine other musical genres. From instrumental-only numbers to spoken word flows to jazz-fusion tracks, Surf is a refreshing album that is inclusive of all audiences.
Chance the Rapper’s combination of jazz sounds, pop jingles and hip-hop influences is emphasized in this 16-song record. If you haven’t already, go check it out and did I mention? It’s completely free on iTunes!