Yesterday in the Chi, Chance The Rapper did his latest, admirable effort to impact the community by hosting a free concert available to teens only. He encouraged and brought together the youth in a big way and even surprised the crowd with a special appearance by none other than Kendrick Lamar.
Watch some guerilla footage from the crowd of K. Dot joining Chance and Donnie Trumpet on stage. Nicely done, everyone!
Fact – Chicagoans always give back their city. This statement is true as Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper announces a new free festival Teens in the Park dedicated to Chicago youth. Held at Chicago’s Northerly Island, the festival will feature performances from Donnie Trumpet, frequent collaborator and right hand man for Surf, notorious Chicago emcee DLow, and Donda’s House, Kanye West’s non-profit. Event is open only to those aged 13-24 with the exception of adults accompanying teens.
Your Thursday night, and by extent, summer is now made thanks to Chance The Rapper, Donnie Trumpet, and The Social Experiment. Chance just put out the long-awaited, highly anticipated, SURF — for free download on iTunes here.
On top of that, Chicago’s own collective brought out a mix of familiar living legends, established stars and a host of buzzing up and comers to make up the features on the 16-track opus. Said legends and stars, classify how you will, include Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Big Sean, and B.o.B. Then, more Chicago talent is on display as Jeremih, BJ The Chicago Kid, King Louie, Joey Purps, Eryn Allen Kane, and Noname Gypsy get in on the act for features and C-Sick I saw on the production (with of course, Nico Segal (Trumpet), Peter CottonTale, and the SoX.) Raury, Quavo (of Migos), Jesse Boykins III, KYLE, and D.R.A.M. round out the rest of the jam-packed guest stars.
Ready to dive in? Here’s the tracklist with the features (not labeled on iTunes) and, via 2DB, a stream below for your convenience. Once again, download for free here.
01 “Miracle” 02 “Slip Slide” f/ B.o.B, BJ The Chicago Kid, Busta Rhymes & Janelle Monáe 03 “Warm Enough” f/ J. Cole & Noname Gypsy 04 “Nothing Came to Me” 05 “Wanna Be Cool” f/ Jeremih, Big Sean & KYLE 06 “Windows” f/ BJ The Chicago Kid & Raury 07 “Caretaker” f/ D.R.A.M. 08 “Just Wait” 09 “Familiar” f/ Quavo & King Louie 10 “SmthnthtIwnt” 11 “Go” f/ Joey Purps & Jesse Boykins III 12 “Questions” 13 “Something Came to Me” 14 “Rememory” f/ Erykah Badu 15 “Sunday Candy” 16 “Pass the Vibes”
Donnie Trumpet, Chance, and The Social Experiment provide the Sunday Candy visual, naturally as Sunday night candy time dawns.
The video is directed by Austin Vesely & Chance himself and it’s a particularly creative one given that it’s all one-take. I’ve mentioned how I pretty much love all one-take videos and this one definitely classifies, especially given how much actual set changing there is, reminiscent of an actual play. So on that note, press play above on a cut from Surf that originally debuted months ago.
Chance The Rapper and Donnie Trumpet are the latest to stop by Charlamagne and Co. at the Breakfast Club and talked on all things him and Social Experiment. This includes the whereabouts of SURF, supposed beef with Drake (this is new to me), and how he got a call from Jay Z to work with Madonna. Dang.
More new Chance today as he and the Social Experiment (Donnie Trumpet, Peter CottonTale, and Nate Fox) cover the upcoming issue of The FADER.
The cover story accompanied it and it’s a pretty quality read that highlights the personalities of all 4 of them with the writer observing and following the crew around for a day in L.A. I came out of this appreciating Chance more for his focus on their collective when, as the article astutely points out, many artists put themselves on another level first before the rest of the crew.
The Social Experiment’s upcoming album, Surf, is still due soon and is what Chance calls in the story, “Donnie’s project.” Read it for more.
The release of this single has been over year in the making as Blended Babies unite forces with Donnie Trumpet to drop this smooth instrumental “North Korea”. More on this release below.
This is about a year and a half old. Just a random jam made when Donnie was at the crib. We originally named it North Korea because of some news headline at the time. Played it for a ton of A-list and underground artists and they all loved it but everyone kept telling us to put it out as an instrumental because they loved it as is. It is the first single off of a new Blended Babies instrumental album thats finished that we are releasing in 2015. Due to recent headlines we felt the world needed this. Fuck censorship of any kind. Freedom of expression is essential to keeping our culture and society honest. Let the audience decide whats worth watching and listening to. #TEAMAMERICA