We’ve been waiting a long time for Chance The Rapper to bless us with Surf, the unofficial follow-up to his 2013 stellar breakthrough Acid Rap (unofficial because it’s technically a project by his band under the name Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment).
Chance first brought up Surf in an interview with Billboard in October. We heard “Sunday Candy,” assumedly the first and only piece of music from the project released so far, a month later. There was a very short film set to a moody instrumental in January. And since then, it’s been nothing except some Soundcloud throwaways (albeit good ones) and a mag profile here or there. No tracklist. No measly art. Nothing.
Well, the wait’s almost over.
At a concert at Michigan State Tuesday, Chance let the crowd in on the fact that Surf will be out within a week, continuing a trend of artists giving us seven days to prep for new music. (Side note: Has the short-notice drop replaced the midnight surprise drop? Discuss.)
Chance has been careful to note that this is really a group project overseen by Trumpet, and has said he won’t appear on every song on the project. We also know, via reports from recent Social Experiment shows, that there’s been a lot more jazz and light soul than hip hop from the group lately, which is confirmed by some of the non-album tracks uploaded to SoundCloud lately like the lovely “Lady Friend” and a Fader profile notes that the album “roughly splits the difference between spirituals and lullabies.”
It’ll be interesting to hear just how far from Acid Rap‘s sound Chance strays in his first big project since then, given how successful that record has made him. Lucky for us, we’ll get to hear for ourselves very soon. In the meantime, enjoy the high-school theatrics that make the “Sunday Candy” video.