After releasing the Acid Rap mixtape last April, Chance the Rapper released a string of singles, standlone tracks, random collaborations, and remixes, limiting himself at how much he puts the out. In a recent interview with Billboard, the Chance said he has for a new album entitled, Surf, that he recorded with The Social Experiment, his band. Te album which will be available for free download and could be released by the end of the year.
Chance clarified that this new album would be “the first Social Experiment project” and not a solo album. The album will also feature trumpet player Donnie Trumpet (aka Nico Segal).
Chance explained: The band has been backing me on a lot of the shows, so when you go to a Chance the Rapper show it’s billed as a Chance the Rapper show, and even though you bought a ticket for a Chance the Rapper show, you end up going to a Social Experiment concert, you know? And you get the full experience of the musicality of four seasoned players.”
Chance seeking to to explore new influences, since he is now a band leader, delved into theater, which he incorporates into his live shows. Saying, “It’s something different. It’s something new. It’s a bit of theater, It’s a culmination of going to all these dope concerts and seeing cool Broadway plays. A lot of influence has come from The Lion King musical. You could probably tell if you listen to ‘Arthur’. We’ve been trying to take in all these cool, different outside cultural experiences and make that into a free listenable project. That’s the new thing.”
Also, Chance has been collaborating a number of big-named artists such Pharrell, Frank Ocean, Rick Rubin, the members of Migos, J. Cole, and Emily King.