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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment


Debut from the hip hop / soul band led by Nico Segal (a.k.a. Donnie Trumpet) featuring Chance The Rapper was released as an iTunes Exclusive free download

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  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Surf is so vibrant, so alive with triumphant vibes and unadulterated joy, that it never leaves any room for cynicism
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  2. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Surf will probably be likened to “jazz-rap” by some people. But I can’t recall any canonized jazz-rap album with as much sonic breadth. Or as much varied lyrical force
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Surf feels less like the progeny of Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap and more like its twin brother, and it will likely be remembered with the same high esteem
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  4. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Surf succeeds on multiple levels: as a rap album, as a soul album, as a showcase of musicianship and as proof that the industry ladder can be ascended without a label or sales
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  5. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Whether Chance is billed as frontman or not, his thought-provoking lyricism and potent backing band has made for yet another life-affirming release
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  6. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Surf bounces sporadically from idea to idea, offering a multitude of surprise cameos and stirring instrumentals
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  7. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    The group has extraordinary range, and thanks to time on the road as Chance's touring band, the chops to execute. But whatever the name on the packaging, this project does belong to Chance the Rapper
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  8. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A team effort full of a bunch of ambitious, like-minded artists’ best ideas
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    Infectious, light and upbeat, but never inane. It begs you to feel included, and wide-awake
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  10. 7.0 |   Beardfood

    This is pure Sunday candy
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  11. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A warm, evocative pop-soul-jazz album that comes straight from the heart
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  12. 7.0 |   Spin

    With its heavy sense of community, emotional uplift and quest for righteousness, the LP is far more appropriate for the chapel than it is for the club
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