Written by Maxwell James (@maxwellxjames)
After months of anticipation "Surf" has finally arrived, and without question the album exceeds any expectation one could have expected for the project. Wave after wave of beautiful artistic vision Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, along with Chance The Rapper, deliver what is sure to be a classic for years to come.
In this current day and age it's rare for an album to create a true emotional response in the way that "Surf" manages to. This album is remarkable in the fact that is it's genuinely a piece of art in the purest sense of the word. Unfortunately, it seems as though in recent years, many albums have used Fugazi laced effects to mask themselves as an actual creation of art when ultimately it's nothing than a mere source of income or means to become famous, and that's simply not the case with "Surf". Even through Chance The Rapper's major commercial success as a solo artist, he delivers an album that is true to what being a musical artist means. Rather than using his position in pop culture and media to further his fame, he uses his platform to embody his, as well as Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's positive message and vision by means of musical creation. The simple fact that these artists allowed the public to enjoy "Surf" for free only further demonstrates this.
What's truly beautiful about this album is the pure love of music that's infused into every track. Even the features on "Surf" give testament to this. Many times artists call upon other big name artists in the industry for features to sort of hold down the track in a way, which is far from the case on this album. Every feature, while impressive as they may be, is included to further progress the social experiments artistic vision. Someof the features on "Surf", while none are credited, include Busta Rhymes, B.O.B, J Cole, Migos, and many others. How impressively the Social Experiment was able to include such big name features as these in a way that sounds entirely fluid and natural, to the point of sounding like the feature artists are a part of the social experiment themselves, is nothing shy of amazing. Every aspect of this album, down to the last detail, is methodically planned in aims of creating and painting an artistic picture, which without doubt "Surf" accomplishes in a flawless manner.
However, as amazing as this album is artistically, some Chance The Rapper fans may be disappointed with Surf upon first listen. One thing to remember, as Andrew Barber of FakeShoreDrive pointed out in his article about Surf, this is not a Chance The Rapper album. This a Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment album, which Chance The Rapper is a included in. Fans going into the album expecting to hear a follow up to 2013's "Acid Rap" are sure to be disappointed. However, regardless of Acid Rap fan's disappointment, "Surf" is nothing shy of a masterpiece and it shows track after track throughout the album.
Overall what Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment were able to achieve with their latest project is truly one of the purest creations the music industry has seen in some time. No write up or review would do the album justice so go listen for yourself. "Surf" is available for free on iTunes as well as online.