Surf’s up

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor/ Staff Writer

On the night of Thurs., May 28, the debut solo project Surf, by the American band The Social Experiment, was released on iTunes as a free download. This album, featuring trumpeter Nico Segal, who goes by the stage name Donnie Trumpet, was highly anticipated due to Chance The Rapper’s involvement with The Social Experiment. The album opened up with the soft melodic song “Miracle,” showcasing The Social Experiment’s self-proclaimed bohemian style and setting the tone for the album with the declaration: It’s a miracle to be alive. The rest of the 15 tracks on the album follow “Miracle” by keeping the flow of the songs at a similar pace and featuring Segal’s trumpet and eclectic taste. The only song that seems to differ from the rest of the album’s tone is “Familiar,” which aims to give the album a tougher vibe. Along with the two collaborators of the album, Surf featured well-known artists such as B.o.B, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, J. Cole, Big Sean, and Jeremih. The album was originally expected to be released at the end of the year in 2014, but the release date was delayed several times leaving fans in anticipation. Although Surf is not a follow-up album to Chance The Rapper’s 2013 mixtape, Acid Rap, Chance’s fans were finally able to enjoy new tracks that he helped arrange, produce, and happened to be the primary vocalist on some. Contrasting to the raw sound of Acid Rap, Surf doesn’t engage in the raw topics explored in the mixtape. Although, the album presents several uplifting messages such as be yourself in “Wanna Be Cool,” stand up for your beliefs in “Slip Slide”, and have faith in “Sunday Candy.” As a whole, Surf provided a view into The Social Experiment’s future work as they were able to mash up different artists and sounds to create an album that calls for repeat listens.