Chance The Rapper & Social Experiment Dropped ‘Surf’ Free On iTunes

Carl Williott | May 29, 2015 7:49 am
Ye x Vic x Chance
Watch the three Chicago rappers team up in their home city.

For a while, Surf was presumed to be the title of Chance The Rapper‘s long-gestating solo album. Then it seemed it would be a collaborative album with his band The Social Experiment. Then, earlier this year, Chance made it clear it wasn’t a Chance release at all, pointing out that Surf was spearheaded by Donnie Trumpet (real name Nico Segal). And so now we have Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment‘s new album Surf, which still has plenty of Chance on it, and which was released overnight on iTunes for free.

While the rap world still has to wait for Chance’s solo commercial debut, this is no tossed-off novelty. It’s the first full-length the Chicago artist has released since his critically acclaimed Acid Rap mixtape in 2013, and it has features from Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Big SeanBusta Rhymes, J. Cole, Quavo from Migos, Jeremih and more.

This is a brassy, free-flowing affair with little in the way of traditional hip-hop beats, and it’s a lot to take in, almost like a happy-go-lucky companion piece to Kendrick Lamar‘s bracing To Pimp A Butterfly.

Download it on iTunes or stream it below.