Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper is finally gearing up for a new album, capping off what has been a breakout year for the Chicago rapper.

The rapper revealed to Billboard that he is readying a series of projects over the coming months with his band, the Social Experiment. The first being… Surf.

Dropping later this year, it will be released for free, and will showcase his trumpet player Nico Segal aka Donnie Trumpet. It will be Chance’s first new project since 2013’s critically-acclaimed mixtape, Acid Rap.

Details are scarce, but he’s been in the studio with the likes of Frank Ocean, J. Cole, Migos, Rick Rubin, Emily King, and Francis and the Lights’ Francis Starlite.

“It’s a big step for all of us all putting our heads together and letting Nico hold the reigns and carry it,” Chance tells Billboard. “There’s a lot of great instrumentation. A lot of input from cool writers.”

In addition to new material, Chance is also gearing up for a new stage show to kick off 2015, which he says is inspired by The Lion King musical. “My new shows are almost like watching a movie. It’s like going to a play or something,” he said.