Hip Hop keeps on giving for the 2016 Christmas holiday. Chance the Rapper and Jeremih combine forces on a surprise mixtape Merry Christmas Lil Mama that puts a spin on the ‘most wonderful time of the year’.
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With the first track “All The Way” rekindles the Christmas famous “Jingle Bells”, but also expresses the satire of purchasing gifts on the holiday:
“Christmas. Oh I love Christmas, being obligated to buy shit for people. I buy Christmas gifts but just cus you’re supposed to.”
The auto-tuned filled project is a reflection of the Chicago artist’s mindset during the holidays; a fun-filled time that’s meant to entice simplicity.
Though the project seemingly doesn’t have fully mixed and mastered vocals from the Chicago artists, it shows that the two are pushing for simplicity in the holidays. We tend to get caught up in purchasing the ‘best’ gift for our family and friends, but sometimes the ‘best’ gift gets overshadowed by the most ‘expensive’ gift.
Holiday shows in The Office reveal the irony of purchasing the most expensive gift, since it can cause the selfishness of people to escalate during this time of the year.
Essentially, Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama isn’t the greatest work between Chance the Rapper and Jeremih in terms of production, lyricism, or conscious messages, but rather it’s a project that tells us to be thankful that hip hop still has the capabilities of spreading love through its sound. And of course, the title evokes the idea that the two want to express their love for their women.
Throughout the year we’ve been bombarded with songs that push chains, whips, and money, but to end the year, Chano and Jeremih want to make sure you don’t take the simpler things in life for granted.
Knowing these two completed this surprise project, there’s no telling what could happen in 2017. After all, something’s been brewing in the Chicago hip hop scene lately – with breakout artists like No Name and Femdot – and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.