Review: Donnie Trumpet

After the shocking disbandment of Kids These Days, Nico Segal has come back with a bang, his latest solo project named after his alias, ‘Donnie Trumpet’, can be described in one word; Suave. The Chicago born trumpeter fuses the jazzy retro sound created by using live instruments with the edgy, high impact delivery and lyrically dexterous rap styles of his guest appearances, that feature the likes of his fellow save money members: Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa; Segal combines sounds both old and new, to create something he can truly be proud of. Donnie Trumpet is the perfect EP to vibe to on a Friday evening, whether you’re alone or with that special someone – if you are in fact with that’s special someone, track 2 ‘Pasadena’ is the one for you.

Nico Segal – Donnie Trumpet EP


1. Zion (ft. Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa)

If your thinking to yourself this sounds familiar, well your right; this is in fact a  revamp of Lauryn Hills ‘To Zion’, from her world reknown album ‘ The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

2. Pasadena (ft. Vic Mensa)

3. That’s My Baby Interlude (ft. Vic Mensa)

4. Callie (ft. Vic Mensa)

5. Don’t Leave (ft. Vic Mensa)

6. New Bisnesss

7. Players Holiday (ft. Kiara Lanier)

The Favourites:

  • ‘Pasadena’ (ft. Vic Mensa)
  • ‘Don’t Leave’ (ft. Vic Mensa)


  • Nico’s fluid skill on the trumpet is amazing
  • There’s a lot of Vic Mensa (Yes, I’m kind of biased when it comes to Vic Mensa)
  • It’s to nice hear live instruments, as you don’t really get the nowadays
  • The interlude changes the whole pace of the interlude, which works perfectly
  • Nico comes across stronger than ever


  • It feels a bit too short, would have been nice to have at least 3 more tracks
  • It would have been nice, if he included more SaveMoney members, especially Tokyo Shawn, I think his unique sound, would mesh perfectly with Nicos’ creativity.

The Verdict

All in all, Donnie Trumpet EP is a strong collection of music, perfect for those who love rap and would like a little jazz escape from time to time.

3.5 Stars

3.5 Stars out of 5

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