After sweeping the Grammy nominations and an iconic performance on Saturday Night Live, Chance The Rapper teamed up with fellow Chicagoan Jeremih for a surprise mixtape. Without warning the duo released a Christmas themed mixtape entitled Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama.
The nine-track mixtape is composed of all original Christmas songs. While there is no shortage of references to traditional Christmas carols, this mixtape is nothing like anyone has heard before. Chance and Jeremih weren’t the only Chicagoans lending holiday cheer to the effort, Noname and Lud Foe also make appearances on Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama.
The mixtape is proof that there is no shortage of creativity for the holidays. Jeremih and Chance The Rapper put their own spin on “Carol of the Bells” for “Chi Town Christmas and borrowed the melody from The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” for “Stranger At The Table”. The title track is a juke song, any Chicago music lover will identify.
Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama is the most fun anyone has ever had for Christmas. A combination of joy, disrespectful break ups, Chicago references and Hennessy spiked eggnog, Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama though unexpected was exactly what the world needed for Christmas.