Album released under the Social Experiment alias
Chance The Rapper has shared a new album, ‘Surf’, via iTunes.
The 16-track album, billed as a release by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, features guests including Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu, along with Chance’s band itself, which comprises Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale and Lido. At the time of writing, the album is only available on iTunes in the US.
The Chicago MC has called ‘Surf’ “the first Social Experiment project” rather than a proper Chance The Rapper release, Pitchfork reports.
Last week (May 23), Chance shared a new, short song, titled ‘Hiatus’, ahead of ‘Surf’.
Chance The Rapper was also invited to give a guest lecture at Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive & Research Institute in April, and the artist took the opportunity to sit down for a Q&A, fielding questions on the current protests in Baltimore, streaming services like the recently launched Tidal, misogyny in hip-hop, and working with Kanye West, among other topics.
“I thought you guys were troubled kids and shit, and I was coming to talk to you about getting your lives together,” he joked to the Ivy League school students. On the civil unrest in Baltimore, Chance urged the group to stay informed about what’s actually happening in the city and described the situation as “very hard to watch”.