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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - "Sunday Candy"

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OK, OK, OK. Take a listen to this track. Recognize anybody? Yes, that's Chicago rapper-singer Chance The Rapper's voice there. While he doesn't get top billing on this track, he is very much a part of a four-person musical act called The Social Experiment. There's been rumor for a little while that Chance was going to be releasing a project titled Surf soon, and this seems to be what he was talking about.

The Social Experiment's remaining members include the likes of Peter Cottontale, Nate Fox, and, of course, Donnie Trumpet. Mr. Trumpet is also known as Nico Segal, and used to play in Kids These Days with one of Chance's close friends Vic Mensa.

Now, together under this Social Experiment umbrella, Segal and company have released this stellar new single. It's a spectacular blend of pop, hip hop, gospel, and soul. It features some a wonderfully beautiful vocal melodies, bright horns, and an endearing piano as well.

Really excited to hear how this experiment pans out!

Mick Jenkins - "Crossroads" ft. Chance the Rapper & Vic Mensa

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Mick Jenkins releases this song with fellow Chicago rappers Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. If you needed more evidence that Chicago is the scene of more than just drill, but thoughtful rap with with elastic flows, here it is. Over an orchestral sample and metronomic hi-hats, Mick breaks out his singing voice, Chance gets even weirder than usual, and Vic shows that he deserves all of the blog attention he's been getting. Expect more from these three talented young men.

Vic Mensa- "Hollywood LA" ft. Lili K

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Vic Mensa, Chance the Rapper's friend/rival, releases this smoked-out ode to Los Angeles, produced by Cam of J.U.S.T.I.C.E League and Tae Beast. The beat combines astral jazz and rolling trap hi-hats into the sort of tune that you can imagine riding around at sunset in a purple lowrider to. Vic Mensa proves that he can rap with the same self-consciousness and tongue-knot wordplay as his Chicago brethren but without Chance's hyper-spastic yelp (love it or hate it).

Watch a review of Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap below:

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

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Chicago rapper and singer Chance The Rapper comes through with a more ambitious mixtape with Acid Rap, improving upon his production, hooks, and recording quality. A lot of the beats on this project are impressive as hell, but Chance often puts hooks, ad-libs, and instrumentals ahead of the quality and cohesion of his lyrical content. Anyone listening deeper than Chance's over-the-top persona will find there's a little something missing.