Chance The Rapper & Jeremih – Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama
As it gets closer and closer to the new year, I’m reflecting back on what 2017 was from a music perspective. My personal favorite hip-hop artist of 2017 was Chance The Rapper. He didn’t even come out with an album in 2017; however, his personality in media has been impressionable on myself and a lot of other fans. He donated $2.2 million to Chicago public schools, his performance on SNL was hilarious, his Tiny Desk concert was special, and now he’s released a re-wrapped (updated and expanded) version of last year’s Christmas mixtape, Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama with Jeremih. The new version contains nine new songs.
The mixtape is a bit of an ode to Chicago, since both Chance and Jeremih are from Chicago, and the festival holiday theme is meant to celebrate family and the home. The album has also contributions from Common, Lena Waithe, and Hannibal Buress; all from Chicago.
It’s really Chance’s personality that won my heart. Jeremih hot too; however, I’ll admit I’ve got blind biases to Chance. His authenticity and independence bring messages of positivity, and his music is super poetic and unique in the rap game. I’m not a huge fan of mumble rap from a musical perspective, but from a harmony and party perspective, I like mumble rap. Chance’s music is super musical and poetic. He uses jazz-inspired melodies and gospel influences to create a more soulful hip-hop experience that’s easy on the ears.
Other notable mentions of mine for 2017 include…
- Kendrick Lamar for DAMN. (best album of 2017 IMO)
- Drake for More Life (album)
- Migos for Culture (album)
- Logic for his positivity and Everybody (album)
- Young Thug for Beautiful Thugger Girls (album)
- Tyler, the Creator for Flower Boy (album)
- Vince Staples for The Big Fish Theory (album)
- Post Malone for his personality and rockstar, and he just released a Spanish version…
- Cardi B for her personality and Bodak Yellow
I’ve posted this year’s version of Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama first and last year’s version second.
- Jill Scott – Cross My Mind (Cosmo’s Midnight Club Edition)
- Electric Mantis – Lying & Loving (ft. Mothica)