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Album Stream: Listen to Knox Fortune’s Debut, ‘Paradise’

posted by Oscar September 22, 2017

One of our favorite producers, Knox Fortune has officially released his debut album Paradise. The man behind some wavy joints including the super dope Joey Purp standout “Girls @” is now offering us 11 tracks that allow you to float away and enjoy a heavenly musical place.

The project is another fine example of just how fantastic the Chicago music scene is these days. Paradise features Joey Purp and KAMI, while instrumental contributions come from Whitney’s Will Miller, Twin Peaks’ Colin Croom and Cadien Lake, along additional work from Lido and Nico Segal.

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Hear ‘Exchange’ the Debut Project from Nico Segal’s New Band, The JuJu

posted by Oscar April 21, 2017

The Social Experiment’s Nico Segal (FKA Donnie Trumpet) has joined forces with Julian & Everett Reid and former Kids These Days bandmate Lane Beckstrom to form the new group The JuJu. As described on SoundCloud, “The JuJu is a musical partnership of childhood friends who came up through Chicago Public School music programs.”

The Jazz outfit created all the genre-bending music they’re offering on debut project Exchange, a 7-song album that features Nico’s SoX partner Nate Fox offering additional production while Jamila Woods lends her other-worldly vocals on “We Good.”

Check out the new album along with their live debut on Windy City Live below. Continue Reading

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Paul Simon – “Stranger” (Produced by Nico Segal & Nate Fox)

posted by Oscar November 29, 2016


The legendary Paul Simon, of “The Sound Of Silence” fame, has recruited The Social Experiment’s Nico Segal & Nate Fox to produce his latest song. The track is called “Stranger,” for which Segal and Fox produced a re-imagination of “The Werewolf” & “The Clock,” both off Paul Simon’s 2016 album Stranger to Stranger.

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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “The First Time”

posted by Oscar May 28, 2016

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Donnie Trumpet is making celebrating the 1st anniversary of #SurfDay so much better with the release of new song “The First Time.” The track is a 10-minute-plus mix of material that didn’t find its way onto Surf produced by SoX members Donnie Trumpet and Nate Fox that features Chance The Rapper, Ady Suleiman, J.P. Floyd, Dustin Green, & Cam Obi.

Nico writes in the description of the song:

This is a collection of unused Surf pieces, an ode to the era. Thank you to everyone who’s still listening and growing with the music.

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Album Review: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – ‘Surf’

posted by Oscar May 31, 2015

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Let’s start off by putting this simply: Surf is a modern day musical masterpiece. Dopeness Factor: 5/5.

The buildup toward this project’s release was an exciting one and when it finally dropped, it was an experience all of its own. Surprise announcement; 16 masterfully crafted tracks, with no mentions of features in sight; and absolutely FREE on iTunes! A release like no other for the mega digital content store, and an opportunity to reach millions of people and have them finally learn of the awesomeness that Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment (consisting of Chance The Rapper, Peter Cottontale, Nate Fox, and Stix) are bringing to the music world. While us lifetime fans of his were well expecting something great from Nico and the boys, the result was something even better than we could have imagined. Continue Reading

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New Project: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – ‘Surf’

posted by Oscar May 28, 2015

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It’s finally here… The long wait for new project Surf, from Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment (the band which includes Chance The Rapper) is over with the official release just minutes ago. It’s the first free release ever on the digital music store.

Get it for FREE now on iTunes.

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Chance The Rapper Reveals Details about ‘Surf’, His New Album w/The Social Experiment

posted by Oscar October 21, 2014

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The dawn of The SoX is fast approaching…

Long-time POD favorite Chance The Rapper has revealed that this year he will be delivering the highly-anticipated follow-up to Acid Rap. In an exclusive conversation with Billboard, the Chicago native revealed that his new album, now with his band The Social Experiment (Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, Nate Fox, Stix), will be called ‘Surf’ and it will be delivered by the end of the year… for free!

Chano mentioned that this new project boasts production help from Frank Ocean and the legendary Rick Rubin, while acts like Migos and J. Cole will be featured as vocal collaborators. While that is plenty exciting news, we love the fact that Nico (Donnie Trumpet) will be the first to drop a Social Experiment project and that Chance will be a part of that.

More details are yet to come but in the meantime read the whole article over at Billboard to learn everything we know so far of what’s to come.

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Video: Nico Segal feat. Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa – “Zion”

posted by Oscar June 13, 2013

The disbanding of Kids These Days hasn’t slowed down the artists that made up the young group, this time being Nico Segal’s turn to drop some new material. Segal teamed with Chance The Rapper and Kids These Days alum for his track, “Zion.”

The track will be part of his upcoming project, Donnie Trumpet, dropping later this month. “Zion is Segal’s take on Lauryn Hill’s “To Zion.”

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Recap: Chance The Rapper Live at the Metro (5.25.13)

posted by Oscar May 26, 2013

Since last night there was a Chano show, as per usual, we were there to see him perform. The venue was none other than the same venue that grew to be a real icon for the city as it famously hosted bands like Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins in the early 90’s, the Metro. This night it was home to the new music of Chicago’s youth, fronted by one of the shining stars of this city’s thriving Hip Hop generation. Continue Reading