Chance The Rapper and Jeremih love themselves some Christmas, cause for two straight years they released an EP that has them twisting some of our favorite Christmas tunes into Hip Hop magic! This review looks at both of them.
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 ghetto content of the song, you will love the energy attached to it.
4. DOWN WITH THAT
3. I’M YOUR SANTA
2. HELD IT DOWN
If you want that vintage Chance that is random, goofy, and witty all at the same time, you got it for free 99 here! Over this silky smooth beat, Chance goes belligerent, giving us the many reasons why he deserves to celebrate with his homies this holiday season. Is it a random topic to talk about? Very, but that’s why we love Chance, right?
Jeremih compliments Chance on this song, sorta playing that little angel on his shoulder. (I love when he’s used like that)
You trippin’ if you don’t like this s–t!
1. I SHOULDA LEFT
to leave Soulja Boy in 2016! S–t, he shoulda been left in 2009 with Rich Boy.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. DOWN WITH IT (5/5)
2. LIL BIT (N/A)
3. HELD IT DOWN (5/5)
4. BIG KID AGAIN (4.5/5)
5. LET IT SNOW (3.9/5)
6. FAMILY FOR (4/5)
7. MS. PARKER (4.1/5)
8. ONE MORE CRY (3.9/5)
9. ARE U LIVE (3.4/5)
10. STRANGER AT THE TABLE (PIANO REMIX) (4/5)
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 though, he just gives off more of a ‘James Fauntleroy’ impact on this album than a ‘leading role’ impact. Nonetheless, when he does get a chance to shine, he definitely gives us some inspiring s–t!
Overall, it’s Christmas, enjoy the Mixtape damnit!