When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
We put visionary Chicago R&B singer Jamila Woods’ LEGACY! LEGACY! on our list of the year’s best albums so far because damn, haven’t you heard the thing? Every song on the album is named for one of Woods’ black and brown predecessors. The Nico Segal collab “Baldwin,” for instance, is inspired … More »
Later this week, the great Chicago R&B singer Jamila Woods will release her new album Legacy! Legacy! Every song on the album is named after a black cultural hero, and we’ve already heard a few of those songs: “Giovanni,” “Zora,” “Eartha.” Today, Woods has shared another one of those … More »
Admittedly, the name Intellexual is a bit of a forehead-slapper, but hear me out here: The record is good. Like, really good. You’d expect as much from Nico Segal and Nate Fox, guys who played a key role in crafting Chance The Rapper’s euphoric sound and who count Frank Ocean (“U-N-I-T-Y”), Kanye West (“Ultralight Beam”), … More »
Nico Segal and Nate Fox teased a new project called Intellexual last week. Today the two musicians — core members of the Social Experiment, which functions as Chance The Rapper’s backing band among other activities — have revealed the details on that project. More »
Nico Segal (fka Donnie Trumpet) and Nate Fox are members of the Social Experiment, the genre-defying Chicago band and production unit best known for backing up Chance The Rapper. The group moved into the forefront on 2015’s Surf, an album on which Chance was merely one cast member in the ensemble. It was … More »
Though music is his forte, Chance the Rapper has been known to dabble in the visual arts. From the Vice original short Mr. Happy to his recent work in the A24 film Slice, the Chicago artist consistently shows his aptitude for the big screen. Taking his talents behind the scenes this time, it has just been announced that Chance the Rapper will serve as one of the lead producers in the upcoming movie-musical, Hope.
Following a group of teenagers who turn to art for activism in Chicago, the movie will be soundtracked by Chance’s longtime collaborator Nico Segal (formerly known as Donnie Trumpet and member of the Social Experiment). Though no release date has been announced, Chance will be partnering with a team of writers, producer, and directors who have had a hand in Straight Outta Compton, Empire, and The Leftovers, as well as manager Pat Corcoran. With such a strong concept and team, Hope is set to be a film with the soul and creativity that permeates all of Chance the Rapper’s work.