Last year, Chance The Rapper and Jeremih, two titans of Chicago music, teamed up to record a free Christmas mixtape called Merry Christmas Lil Mama. It was great. And a few days ago, Chance announced that they’d do the same thing again this year. I assumed that they’d just re-share a slightly altered version of that original mixtape, with maybe a couple of additional songs. But no! It’s a whole new mixtape — nine new songs, none of which appeared on last year’s version. The Chicago rapper Valee guests on one track, as does the comic Hannibal Buress. And according to an Instagram caption that Chance wrote, Common and Master Of None star Lena Waithe play drums on every track. On first listen, it’s a gorgeously warm and joyous piece of work. Listen below.
Are we just going to do this every year? Is that what’s happening now? Because that is amazing. Download Merry Christmas Lil Mama ReWrapped for free here.