Chance The Rapper Announces New Album With The Social Experiment

Plus he’s been working with Francis Starlite of Francis and the Lights, J. Cole, Frank Ocean, Rick Rubin, Migos, and more.

If you're a fan of "No Better Blues" or this star-studded rendition of the Arthur theme song, you're in luck. In an interview with Billboard, Chance the Rapper revealed plans to release a new album, called Surf, before the year's end. It will be the first in a series of projects he's recorded with his touring band (turned all-the-time band) the Social Experiment, and he hopes it will be a showcase of sorts for trumpet player Nico Segal, aka Donnie Trumpet, to shine. Additionally, Chano's been logging studio sessions with an expansive lists of artists that includes Francis Starlite of Francis and the Lights, J. Cole (“Thotty," perhaps?), Frank Ocean, Rick Rubin, Migos, and more.

And best of all, it will be free—at least in part because he's an unsigned, independent artist. “I can do whatever I want," he tells Billboard. “And I've got to really flex that unlimited capability of an independent artist. I can do whatever videos I want, I can play whatever shows I want, I can release when I want, talk how I want, freely about any subject. I have a certain responsibility and I feel like conforming to the mixtape to mixtape to album rule would just defeat the whole purpose of not signing [with a major label]. It's also really about being a starving artist."

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Chance The Rapper Announces New Album With The Social Experiment