Free Download | Angels - Chance The Rapper & Saba
This is the refined Chance The Rapper sound we were all holding out for. The Social Experiment is a project he started after the huge success of his sophomore project Acid Rap; in search of his true organic sound, Chance came out with some “experimental” material that was a little bit too out there for his dedicated hip-hop fans, but the indie-rap phase he went through definitely fabricated a few gems like Israel, Planes, and Lady Friend. Regardless of what you thought of Chance’s SOX project, the bona fide sound he and his team created is undeniably unique, and it all seems to have been leading up to this release. I might be looking to deep into it, but I feel like the rising sun in the track artwork is a metaphor for the start of a new chapter in Chance’s career. “Angels” showcases the live instruments we’ve grown to expect from his new material, combined with the aggressive upbeat delivery we heard on his earlier projects, and the result is the most polished sound Chance The Rapper has ever put out.
The first few seconds of the track tease you and make you think this is about to be another indie jam, but the return of his notorious ad-libs come in like pure bliss to your hip-hop craving ears. Production from Lido, Donnie Trumpet, and Nate Fox sets the tone for the entire song; optimistic major chords are played out on a plethora of different keys, resounding brass instruments intensify the transitions, crisp fast-paced percussion (including a freaking steel drum) rides along a steady 156 BPM, and a gospel-esque chorus harmonizes with the alluring melody. Despite the amazing setting that Chance’s team of producers constructed for him, his impeccably written lyrics are by far the best part of this song. Chance The Rapper has been extremely proactive in Chicago, and not just in music, but politics. His campaigns against gang violence and his dedication to educating the youth of Chi-Town has made him a role model for the city, and his figurehead status is the core subject of this song. Something great is on the way from Chance, so be sure you’re following him on Soundcloud and Twitter. Enjoy.