This is, without a doubt, the most organic sounding “hip-hop” project that will drop this year. The Social Experiment, which is Chance’s Chicago-based experimental group, produced this entire album using what sounds like nothing but live instruments, with an added emphasis on Donnie Trumpet’s trumpet work. Despite the big names you’ll see on this playlist (Big Sean, J. Cole, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B, etc.), the album really hasn’t gotten much attention yet. The fact is that there aren’t any bangers on this tape; no one expected this album to sound anything like Acid Rap, which I think is the reason it’s not gaining much momentum. This is the new Chance, this is the rapper who only talks about topics that possess a more profound meaning than what we’re accustomed to, the rapper who’s transitioned into a more mature phase in his career. The incessant trumpet-based instrumentals, natural sounding strings, and abnormal fusion of hip-hop, jazz, and experimental genres define the project more than anything else. Check it out, it’s definitely not something you want to put on your turn up or workout playlist, but the project is full of good vibes and free to cop off iTunes (yes, they released the project for free via iTunes). Enjoy.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say Chance The Rapper’s music has taken an “experimental” turn; ever since Acid Rap took off, he’s been working with a small crew in Chicago on a project called The Social Experiment, which was seen as a controversial career move by the majority of his fan base. That being said, I’m a fan of what Chance has been trying to do up in Illinois, but this is one of the first tracks they’ve released for free. Their sound is unique, and the live instruments they use give the production a sort of jazzy Chi-Town-branded quality. Chance The Rapper has ironically strayed away from rapping in a big way, and although it’s garnered a lot of criticism, he’s proven his versatility and emerged himself in a completely different genre. The lyricism seems painfully simple at first, but when you reminisce about times with your lady-friend I’m sure you’ll be able to understand where he’s coming from. Check it out, hopefully you can vibe with it.