Written by: Tracy Giunta
We knew the day would come and today it did. Chance the Rapper revealed the title of his upcoming album and the collaboration involved in creating this long awaited album. First, let me say that it has been a year and a half since Chance released "Acid Rain". Before that, Chance released his first album, "10 Days" when he was only 18.
Chance has evolved from being your typical rapper into more of a lyrical artist. He has, in a sense, matured over the years and found his niche in the genre of more lyrical tunes.
Chance still remains an unsigned performer who owns his own bus, prints his own merchandise, runs his own website and releases tracks when he wants to. Some may call it frugal while others believe this is a brilliant move on Chance's part. Chance has also collaborated on his new album with people like J. Cole and Migos. He stated his inspiration for this album was from the "The Lion King" musical. He wants fans to come to his shows and feel as if they have just seen a musical or a play.
The first track we have had the honor of hearing from the new album is taken from the PBS kids show, "Arthur" This song was made with his band, "Social Experiment." When I first listened to this track I wasn't a big fan. Then I listened to it more and finally realized the message Chance was trying to get across. I analyzed this song even more and realized there wasn't one curse word in the song and that this song could actually be motivational for kids. I then changed my opinion of this track and listen to it everyday!
The 18 year old boy who was suspended for 10 days from school, made the album, "10 Day", then released "Acid Rain," has grown up before our very eyes. Chance deserves all the respect in the world. He has had this transformation into not just a rapper but an entertainer who wants to have his fans learn something from his music.
The new album "Surf" will be released before the end of 2014.