This Week in Posivibes: Chance the Rapper

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We wrote about Chance the Rapper’s collaboration with Donnie Trumpet on the album Surf a few weeks back, and since then it’s been receiving some serious posivibes from the music community. Pitchfork included the album in its “Best New Music” category, Stereogum described how Surf pushes the sonic consistency of a rap album to a new level, A.V. Club praises its seamless integration of featured artists, and Pretty Much Amazing goes track by track in its praise. According to Chance the Rapper’s Twitter, the album has been downloaded (for free) like crazy—after the album’s first week he counted about 618,000 full album downloads and 10,198,708 single track downloads. Donnie Trumpet will be performing at the first annual (and sold out) Teens in the Park festival, a Chicago festival free for youths aged 13–24 and curated by Chance the Rapper, on June 24th. Catch a video of Chance the Rapper performing with Kendrick Lamar and Earth Wind & Fire at Bonnaroo last weekend after the jump.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →