Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper & Jeremih – Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama (Mixtape Review & Stream)

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Fresh off the release of their hot new collaboration called ‘Living Single’, Chance The Rapper and Jeremih keep the momentum going by releasing a Christmas Mixtape called ‘Merry Christmas Lil Mama’. Now there’s two things I’m not sure of with this Mixtape name:

  1. Will this track have nothing but Christmas sounding songs on it? 
  2. Are they literally dedicating this Mixtape to the one and only Lil mama? 

For the record, I will be happy if I’m wrong about both.


RELEASED
12/22/2016
TOP 5

5. STRANGER AT THE TABLE
This song is more of Chances song featuring Jeremih, as he actually raps on it for quite a bit. Jeremih does provide a great rendition of ‘Baby Give me one more chance’ by adding in some broke baby daddy lyrics to it.

Despite the content of the song, you will love the energy attached to the song!

4. SNOWED IN

‘Snowed In’ is a very cozy song by both artists, as they look forward to being snowed in with presumably a big booty chick. The song is gentle, and reminds me of the good ol days where I would drink cocoa while watching an infomercial. 
While the song starts off with Jeremih utilizing every single flow he used on his hit records of 2016, it becomes very repetitive the rest of the way from him. Chance is following in the footsteps of Jeremih, as he’s going back in forth with him about some Christmas time pimping s–t.

I been snowed in with someone before! After a few hours, I tried everything I could to be snowed out.

3. ALL THE WAY

‘All the Way’ starts off with this whole spoiled brat sound in which both Jeremih and Chance channel the inner kids in them. Jeremih does your typical ‘I got Ho, Ho, Ho’s’, and other childish mockeries of Christmas, while Chance is more so adlibing Jeremihs part (sometimes passionately, and sometimes just crazily.)
Eventually the song gets a little serious, as Jeremih starts to show off his pretty decent vocals. The production also gets a little more serious, as the emergence of some dramatic violins gives it more of a spiritual sound……AND THEN IT GETS GOOFY AGAIN, as Hannibal Burress closes the song out with a hilarious skit. What a f–kin rollercoaster this song was….

2. I’M YOUR SANTA

I’m your Santa is funky as hell! It’s that get down with the get down type music we all sought for at a holiday party.
Jeremih’s voice was meant for a song like this! That whole event/wedding singer voice. He electrifies on this song, as he implores all the people at the table to put down their plate of peanuts and shake their ass (At least that’s the feeling I get from the song). 
Chance’s part is short, but very purposeful! It’s literally the Christmas equivalent to ‘Wobeddy, wobbedy, drop drop it like its hot’.
1. I SHOULDA LEFT 
‘I Shoulda Left’ allows for Chance to be as free as he can be on it, and he takes full advantage. Chances contributions on the song are very jumpy, as it feels like he sung the song while jumping on his mothers bed. 
I’m not sure who that is on the second verse, but he puts up a very good “f–k I mean ‘hood’ verse! He needs to watch mixing and matching the LORD with all that reckless ass s–t though.
All Jeremih had to do on this particular song was come to the studio and lay down a verse – This is absolutely Chances song, and he just kicked it out to Jeremih for the corner three pointer. 
I love the topic of this song! Let’s leave these useless people in 2016! My nomination is to leave Soulja Boy in 2016! S–t, he shoulda been left in 2009 with Rich Boy.

SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. ALL THE WAY (4.9/5)
2. SNOWED IN (4.8/5)
3. STRANGER AT THE TABLE (4.5/5)
4. JOY (4/5)
5.I’M YOUR SANTA (4.9/5)
6. I SHOULDA LEFT (5/5)
7. THE TRAGEDY (4.5/5)
8. CHI TOWN CHRISTMAS (3.9/5)
9. MERRY CHRISTMAS LIL MAMA (3.5/5)

OVERALL RATING

8/10

I was pretty skeptical of how good this Mixtape would be quality-wise, and it is actually very complete sounding to me! Chance and Jeremih are joined by some very astute production throughout this album, showing that this was more of a planned out Mixtape release than a spontaneous/sloppy one (cough, cough 1017 vs. The World)’.

I tend to like the more original sounding songs than the ones that try to follow the whole Christmas music path… Folks, no one is going to sing your favorite Christmas songs better than the original (Let alone rappers), so just go and download the original versions of these old ass Christmas songs why don’t ya!

While I think this Mixtape is split pretty evenly, Chance (as usual) stands out the most to me. Christmas time is at its best when it has this whole youthful feel to it, and that’s literally the brand that Chance tries to promote; his joyous approach that mimics those overly excited rich kids that can’t wait to open their Playstation 7’s (yes, rich kids can afford the newest playstations even if it isn’t out yet)  on Christmas day is satisfying to listen to.

Jeremih is not bad on this Mixtape, he just gives off more of a ‘James Fauntleroy’ impact on this album than a ‘leading role’ impact.

Overall, it’s Christmas, enjoy the Mixtape damnit!

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