As we approach Christmas day, the gifts do not stop coming in the form of new music from some of our favorite artists.
Today we get something special from established DC rapper Wale and mixmaster and Fool's Gold label head A-Trak as they deliver a brand new full length mixtape appropriately titled 'Festivus'.
The tape, mixed and curated, by A-Trak features Wale rapping on every single track, with a massive list of guest features. They have brought out the likes of A$AP Ferg, Pusha T, Ab-Soul, Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiement and more. (Full track-list below)
While most of the tracks don't carry out a unique holidy aesthetic, they are all solid tracks. Chance the Rapper does however mange to stay in Christmas spirit on his cut "Friendship Heights" on the tape.
This mixtape is released as something fun for the fans as a precursor to Wale's upcoming studio album 'The Album About Nothing' which is set to cover more real topics. Enjoy!
Wale & A-Trak – The Festivus Mixtape | Free Download
1. "Intro: Stroke of Genius" (Prod. by Lee Majorz)
2. "Blood Money 3.5" f/ A$AP Ferg (Prod. by Marce Reazon)
3. Dew Baby "Loyalty" f/ Wale and Fat Trel (Prod. by Flexx Beats of Band Kampp)
4. "Girls on Drugs" (Prod. by No Credit)
5. "Tonight (Suite 331)" f/ Dino Bam & Sauce of BYB (Prod. by Tone P)
6. "The Deep End" f/ Pusha T (Prod. by Tone P)
7. "Keep it Moving (Freestyle)" f/ Ab-Soul and Magazeen (Prod. by THC)
8. "Friendship Heights" f/ Chance the Rapper (Prod. by Omega and Raak)
9. "Chess" (Prod. by Best Kept Secret)
10. Ab Icee "Juggin" f/ Wale and Wax (Prod. by Ayydot)
11. "Outro: Narcissis-her/Spaceship (Freestyle)" (Prod. by Reggie Volume and Pro Reese)
One of the next artists to explode out of the unstoppable Chicago rap scene is young rapper Lucki Eck$ who’s really turned some heads this year.
The talented Chicago rapper brought out the city’s current star Chance the Rapper to add the perfect intro verse to his latest song “Stevie Wonder”. Chance steps up and delivers some darker, less comical lines which fit the track perfectly. Lucki finishes the track off with a smooth gritty verse showcasing why he has so much promise. The instrumental is by Chicago’s premiere producer Young Chop who gives us an atmospheric, slightly-broken downtempo beat that both rappers really nail.
Lucki Eck$ – Stevie Wonder ft. Chance The Rapper
Last month Chance the Rapper released details about his newest project, a brand new full-length album centered around his trumpet player in “The Social Experiment” band. Nico Segal aka Donnie Trumpet, is here to tell his story with Chano by his side. The album is going to be called Surf and today we get the first song “Sunday Candy”.
The song's sounds feature some impressive drums and horns as expected, with some guest vocals from Jamila Woods adding just the right edge.
This is what Nico had to say about the track: "It's my curation, but then bringing it to the table with all these beautiful people and including them in their own way. Jamila sang on that hook, then I brought it to the collective. Peter added some great layers of texture and helped produce, Nate added a bunch of drums, tons of our friends from Chicago played instruments and added their ideas."
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Sunday Candy
Source: The Fader
Who's up for some Sunday cartoons (not the kind that you watched as a kid)? Chance the Rapper made his second TV appearance last night by supplying the voice for a cartoon Bob Marley in Adult Swim’s show Black Dynamite. The Chicago rapper seemed right at home dishing up a cool Jamaican accent, imitating the legend and keeping his signature vocal tonnage. As expected, "Bob" lives up to the Marley name, lighting up multiple oversize joints and sweet talking many of the show's female characters throughout the episode. Erika Badu's distinct voice is also featured in the episode, as both a hilarious prostitute and Marley's real-life wife Rita. Pour yourself a bowl of cereal and watch the rip of the full cartoon below. Enjoy!
Chance the Rapper continues to be one of the most exciting new voices in hip-hop while managing to stay completely independent. The lack of a major label has not prevented the flow of music, as we've seen a series of free singles released alongside his band The Social Experiment in the past few months like the Wonder Everyday (Arthur Theme), No Better Blues and I Am Very Very Lonely among others. So it did not come as a huge surprise, when Chance revealed in a recent Billboard article that he has been working on quite a bit of new music – a few albums worth of material – and we can expect the first one by the end of the year.
The first album will be called Surf and highlights The Social Experiment band member Nico Segal aka Donnie Trumpet, a versatile musician and trumpet player of the group. To make things even better this album will be available completely for free and we can expect it before the end of the year, leaving us feeling like the holidays are coming early!
Surf is the first project since Acid Rap that Chance is heavily involved in, and we can only imagine that it will be some of his strongest work to date. Furthermore, the rapper went on to reveal some of the collaborations he has the in works mentioning the likes of Migos, J. Cole, Frank Ocean, Emily Kang and even some guidance from Rick Rubin.
We will keep you posted as more info rolls in on Surf.
Here's his collaboration with James Blake on the "Round Here Remix" that is such a hit
Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Release Soulful New Song “No Better Blues” As Free DownloadPosted in Chill by nick | Tags: Chance the Rapper, Hip-Hop, The Social Experiment
One of the most exciting voices in hip-hop, Chance the Rapper and his band The Social Experiment drop off yet another new song through his Soundcloud as a free download, in his typical fashion.
“No Better Blues” lives up to the name with an impressive soulful instrumental with a strong standout piano line setting the tone for Chance to both rap and sing. Listen and grab a free download. Enjoy!
Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – No Better Blues | Free Download
Earlier this year Chicago local G Herbo aka Lil Herb recruited two of the city’s finest rappers for a huge remix of his song "Fight Or Flight”. The song went relatively under the radar and has been given a new life thanks to a fresh new music video. Seeing a Chicago legend Common and the city’s new star Chance the Rapper link up with Lil Herb makes up for some amazing chemistry with all rappers killing their verses. The video follows Herb around Chi with some new clips covering the city’s rampant violence.
Lil' Herb - Fight Or Flight (Remix) (Feat. Common & Chance The Rapper) | Official Video
A new collaborative project between Boys Noize (legendary German electro / techno DJ and producer) and Chilly Gonzales (Singer / songwriter / producer who's worked with Daft Punk among others) has recently established itself under the moniker Octave Minds! The group has a debut full length self-titled album set to release September 15th through Boys Noize Records and today we get our hands one of the most exciting tracks from the album, a collaboration with Chance the Rapper and his band The Social Experiement. "Tap Dance" is filled with an endless amount of organic and electronic instruments and sounds coming perfectly. Chance ranges from singing to rapping some verses setting the song off just right. Listen below to the song in full and make sure to pick up your copy of the album September 15th. Enjoy!
Octave Minds (Boys Noize & Chilly Gonzales) – Tap Dance feat. Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment | Stream Only
[TSIS PREMIERE] Massappeals – U.G.L.Y is my name (Chance The Rapper Freestyle) : Chill Hip-Hop [Free Download]Posted in Bangin, Chill, Premieres by Bryan | Tags: Chance the Rapper, Chill Bass, Free Download, Hip-Hop, Massappeals, Remix
Say hello to UK producer Massappeals as he flips Chance the Rapper's recent XXL freestyle into a new track "UGLY is my Name". Massappeals lays down a chilled out bass structure with downtempo vibes for the smooth lyrics to work their magic. It's easy on the ears from start to finish, so enjoy the premiere and grab an exclusive free download for our readers! Enjoy
Massappeals – U.G.L.Y is my name (Chance The Rapper Freestyle) | Free Download
Chance the Rapper made a legendary return to his home city of Chicago after gaining a monstrous global following as he played a huge set at the trend setting Lollapalooza music festival. This Sunday's set was a very special one for the rapper as him and his Social Experiment band went through an impressive collection of all the favorites from his popular mixtapes and even managed to slip in a few unreleased new tracks. This was truly something special as the love for his home city resulted in some unreal chemistry. Enjoy!
Chance The Rapper | Lollapalooza Live 2014
Chance the Rapper Releases Cover Of “Arthur” Theme Song Wonderful Everyday With Jessie Ware, Wyclef Jean and morePosted in Bangin by nick | Tags: Arthur, Chance the Rapper, Jessie Ware, The Social Experiment, Wycle Jean
Chance the Rapper is closing in on playing one of his biggest performances in his career, at the iconic Lollapalooza in his home city of Chicago this weekend. To blow out the occasion he has dropped off a brand new song themed after the iconic children's classic "Arthur". The song features some very special guests, UK rising star singer Jessie Ware and Eryn Kane Allen, classic American reggae singer / rapper Wyclef Jean, and one time fictional charcters Peter Cottontale & Donnie Trumpet, all tied together with Chance's symphonic band The Social Experiment. The result comes together very nicely with all three artists' chemistry leaving us with something extra special. You can listen to the song below in full and take advantage of the free download available now. will keep you posted on release details. Enjoy!
Produced and Performed by Chance The Rapper, Peter Cottontale, Nate Fox, Donnie Trumpet & Stix for Social Experiment
Additional Keys by: Francis Farewell Starlite
Additional Vocals from: Wyclef Jean, Francis & The Lights, Jesse Ware, Elle Varner, Eryn Allen Kane, The O'my's, Peter Cottontale & Donnie Trumpet
Also, those who have never been able to see Chance perform live will be happy knowing they can tune into the Lollapalooza live stream and watch his set this weekend as he plays on Sunday evening.
Chance the Rapper – Wonderful Everday: Arhtu | Free Download
Vic Mensa is easily one of the most exciting rappers on the come up who's been the world's radar since his infectious single "Down On My Luck". Well today we have the music video for a completely different sounding single "Feel That". The video starts off with Vic taking some variation of acid through his ear, then things get weird. From tripped out collages of him, to a neon trampoline party and even a cameo from Chance the Rapper and Chanel West Coast, the video lives up to the song. I have a feeling this is the start of pushing "Feel That" as a single, which I have no problem with. No details on a release date yet, so watching the video will have to do in the mean time. Enjoy!
Vic Mensa – "Feel That" (Official Music Video) | Stream Only
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