Last Christmas fans were gifted a Hip-Hop Holiday album courtesy of Chicago’s own Chance The Rapper & Jeremih in the form of “Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama”. For 2017 we get a new addition to this series with Hannibal Buress pulling up for the festivities, he jests that these two musicians love Christmas maybe a little too much, all in good fun though as this project is purely about good intentions and joy. Tracks like “Big Kid Again” embody this sentiment, Chances energetic second verse details all the struggle he’s seen, opting to use that experience to make a positive difference in the world.
The lasting themes of peace, love, and civic pride are something that have always made Chance such an easy character to root for. He deserves to be applauded for sending positive messages not just through his actions but through the actual medium he uses, music, to reach mass audiences. “Held It Down” is a beautiful sentiment reasoning that if one can take care of their mother in every sense, then they have done what needed to be done.
“Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama” will really get you in the true holiday spirit, ideally this project and its themes can be enjoyed year long though.