Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Surf

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Surf

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SURF

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment (Self-released, 2015)

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Much of the buzz about Surf, the indie debut from musical collective The Social Experiment, is due to the band's most famous member: Chance the Rapper. The 22-year-old Chicago wunderkind's self-released 2013 mixtape, Acid Rap, marked him as a poster child for eccentric, left-field rappers who have built followings largely via the internet and word of mouth.

Surf isn't the follow-up Chance fans were waiting for-it's actually a joint effort with his touring band-but they'll find plenty to like. The distinctive trumpet playing by Nico Segal (Donnie Trumpet) is the star here, with Chance making subtle but memorable appearances along with a bevy of guest artists.

Sonically the album covers a lot of ground, from the languid jazz of "Nothing Came To Me" to "Slip and Slide," a loud, brassy stomp featuring a verse from legendary rapper Busta Rhymes and a catchy hook: "Emma stand up on my own two. …

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