Kanye almost narrated ‘Surf’

This Chance x Kanye collab is happening one way or another… and it almost happened on Surf.

Chance revealed in a new interview with The Guardian that Kanye “was going to narrate it at one point.” He continues, while adding that Kanye got to hear the album “before anyone else” that, “In the final weeks of getting ready to put it out we had vocal chops that we were using from ’Ye talking about some of the themes of the project. Through just thinking about it, it didn’t end up happening that way. Not to say it wouldn’t have been dope as shit!”

Ah… the what ifs? Irregardless, it’ll happen folks, and probably in the form of an actual song that we all want too. If you’re still sleeping, get on the wave of what Surf became..

ALSO: Fresh off the twittersphere, Chance announced the tour dates for the ‘Family Matters’ tour. Surprise guests (and I would bet) a Chicago date TBA.

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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment ‘SURF’

Surprise!

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, SURFfor 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”

http://www.audiomack.com/embed4-album/2dbz/surf

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Towkio @ Metro 5/15/16

The SaveMoney Army has been churning out hits and providing a platform of success for each of its members. We have grown accustomed to the unique sounds each SaveMoney has provided as the city of Chicago continues its support of the city’s most prolific Hip-Hop stable. The latest SaveMoney member to headline Metro was none other than Towkio, accompanied by DJ Spinn and Kehlani. This event was truly a passing of the torch-like event and Gowhere was there to provide some highlights that are shown below.

Kehlani

The Bay-area songstress rocked the crowd from beginning to end with her R&B and Hip-Hop fused lyrics that made the most unfamiliar follower of her music become instantly invested in her sound. Her set was hot! It was a mix of the sexualized lyrics accompanied by backup dancers that left a jaw dropping impression on the Chicago listeners. Kehlani made it perfectly clear that she is one of the fastest rising R&B upstarts in the country for a reason and her music and vision of where she is headed are perfectly in tune with her ambition and relentless dedication to her fans.

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Till The Morning

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How That Taste

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The Way

Towkio

All eyes were of SaveMoney’s Towkio as the Mexican-Japanese emcee headlined Metro for the first time and he surely did not disappoint. The world was at his feet and crowds rocked and echoed to every tune as Towkio showcased the greatness behind his full length debut project, WAV Theory. His set began with his most familiar and polarizing track “I Know You” that put him on the map as an undiscovered soloist finding his identity and culminated with bringing out his SaveMoney brethren Chance The Rapper to close off the show with his his “Heaven Only Knows” that also features Eryn Allen Kane. That wasn’t just it. Throughout his set Towkio brought out various SaveMoney members such as Joey Purp and Kami De Chukwu to perform “God In Me”, amongst other Leather Corduroys gems.

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I Know You

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God In Me

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Sunday Candy

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Heaven Only Knows

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The show was very energetic from start to finish and showcased how much passion Towkio indeed has towards his craft and his fans. It was very emotional and reflectional for the Chicago emcee as he was able to look back and see how far he has come and how much he has grown in the 2 year process behind the creation of his project. Most importantly, at the end of the show fans left with the reminder that Towkio has emerged as one of SaveMoney’s brightest artists and that as he continues to release music will his legacy continue to grow within our city’s music scene.

Donnie Trumpet & The SoX “Sunday Candy”

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 on The Breakfast Club

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.

Social Experiment covers FADER

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.

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#SoXDay — Chance’s BTS Tour Film

See what it’s like to be on tour with Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment for the 23 hours a day they’re not on stage. Featuring Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, Stix, Nate Fox’s Back and Macie Stewart. Surf coming soon, We do this shit for fun.

A film by Austin Vesely

Dope, in-depth look at the variety of fun personalities in the Social Experiment. If you have 10 minutes or so, press play above.