It's been a year and a half since Chance the Rapper dropped his most recent mixtape, Acid Rap. In the time since, he's gained fans, toured the world, dropped guest verses -- and left listeners itching for more.
Now, finally, we know a little bit about when we'll get it: Before the end of the year. The project, Surf, is not a solo Chance project, though; it'll be an album from him and his band, The Social Experiment.
"We're working really closely with Francis Starlite from Francis and the Lights. He's been a really been a big help on Surf," Chano told Billboard. "Damn, I'm saying these things like people know it. Surf is the first project, which is coming out before the end of 2014. It's the first Social Experiment project. It's a big step for all of us all putting our heads together and letting Nico [Segal, a.k.a Donnie Trumpet] hold the reigns and carry it. There's a lot of great instrumentation. A lot of input from cool writers. I'm already saying too much."
He and the band have been in the studio heavy of late, and not just with each other. They've been collaborating with some notable musicians, as well.
"We worked with Migos," he added. "We worked with J. Cole. We did some work with Emily King just last week. Somebody who helped us out a lot with just getting into the project was Rick Rubin. And Frank Ocean. There's been a lot of just people in the studio watching us work almost like a house band. People come in just to watch us jam out."
In addition to Surf, the outfit is planning on releasing a follow up, SOX, though the timetable on that project wasn't revealed.
So, it sounds like there's a lot of new Chance the Rapper music on the way. But for those looking for a solo project from the Chicago native -- don't hold your breath.
"In my mind, I never really have to drop a project," he said, after admitting that he's content just dropping "pieces," like his recent one-off songs "Arthur" and "No Better Blues." "I never really feel inclined to."