What We Currently Know About Chance The Rapper’s “Surf” Album

Chance and the Social ExperiementThe wait for Chance The Rapper‘s follow-up to Acid Rap, is palpable, with fans agreeing the wait is bordering on painful. Chance– the public wants it sooooo bad. Chicago’s child has been ‘church mouse quiet’, letting loosies go on Soundcloud in 2014. Then our hopes were raised when Billboard.com announced that Chance would be naming his upcoming album ‘SURF’ and creating in a collective he’d been touring with. Dubbed The Social Experiment, the collective is comprised of engineers, producers, and jack of all trade musicians: Nate Fox, Peter Cottontale, Greg Landfair Jr., Nico, and Donnie Trumpet among others, with the upcoming LP being the debut album of the group Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment.  Donnie being the self proclaimed well um–trumpet player.

Chance and Donnie Trumpet
Chance and Donnie Trumpet  PHOTO BY: JASON NOCITO

Currently, we’ve confirmed that Surf has been a slow simmering project by Nico, before the assembly of The Social Experiment. Chance told FADER’s recent cover story. “He was working on it when we decided to be The Social Experiment, so we decided that his project should be first.”

Surf is deemed as a collaborative passion project, with massive tentacles spreading and touching upon many influences.  “Every record has like 50 people on it,” Chance explains. “The idea is to make a singular, four-minute-and-30-second song that feels like a year’s worth of music.”

“People hear what they wanna hear,” says Nico. “If they only wanna listen to the songs with Chance The Rapper, they’re gonna have to listen to the whole project cover-to-cover because I’m not gonna tell them which songs [he’s on]. The important thing is just to listen. Listen to the music, then send it to your grandma.”

EDIT: It’s also an ongoing rumor that Frank Ocean, J. Cole, and Andre 3000 along with others would be making appearances on Chance’s yet to be named LP. (*Praise hand emojis raised high.)