This is the long awaited album by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment. If you have had your head in the dirt than you don’t know the Social Experiment is the group led by (although he would humbly disagree) Chance The Rapper with Peter Cottontale and Nate Fox. Donnie Trumpet is the alias for singer/songwriter Nico Segal. It dropped as a surprise and is FREE.99!

The production is unique and meaty. The layering of singing is mostly something to vibe to but sometimes becomes overdone when three plus voices are going at the same time. The different way the horns and drums are pasted together make for a brand new sound that will take listeners by surprise, but more importantly on a musical trip. This is clearly not the hip-hop sound in the popular sense. They aren’t attempting originality through EDM sampling like most others, they are creating something completely new. It should be expected that the sound is EXPERIMENTal and includes tons of instrumentation.

Chance is coming to this tape with a poetic state of mind. He is less direct than usual with his lyrics on his mixtapes or more popular songs but at the same time he is as powerful. It will take most likely more than a single listen to most verses, but he is really passing on powerful messages and not just displaying pretty rhymes. He comes at people who try and put him and his art down, making sure they understand they have no respectable place. He clearly states that being cool is not important (not very abstract there). The bottom line and main lesson of this album is not being afraid to be yourself, enjoying the small things and loving women.

Chance is so incredibly rhythmic with his sound. When Chance isn’t rapping, he is singing. When he is singing it is usually out of key. Mostly this is okay, like Action Bronson trying to hit a high note, but because this tape makes a more intimate sound, it is a bit uneasy to listen to at times. He is soft and approachable and still manages to emphasize his words with sharp edges and pronounce his end rhymes in a strongly inputted manner.

It must be understood that this is not commercial rap or classic hip-hop, shit this is a new genre, classical hip-hop. For buyers who only listen to certain types of music, you have to expect to hear full instrumental songs, tracks without rap verses, tons of play around riffs and Chance’s straight spazzing. This is a jazzy, fun and passion filled album. In the end it should be extremely respected for its musical aspects, but it is only natural to want more Chance verses and straight forward rapping. The best way to wrap up the sound is, “if Kenny G & Adrian Younge had a younger a brother that got picked on at school but didn’t give a shit.”

Published by Ryan Klingenberg

Ryan 'Hip-Hop Hercules' Klingenberg is a writer based out of Long Island, New York.

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