The Year In Musicians Antagonizing The Media

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The President of the United States logged onto Twitter last week to declare journalists “a stain on America!” As has become increasingly common in 2017, this was both startling to read and not at all surprising. Donald Trump has made attacks on the media a cornerstone of his administration. Pushback against the Fourth Estate is … More »

Jeremih & Chance The Rapper re-release last year’s Christmas mixtape with 10 new tracks

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Last year, Jeremih and Chance The Rapper released a Christmas-themed mixtape titled Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama. Since nothing terrible happened this year, the two Chicago rappers are celebrating by releasing an extended version of the mixtape, which includes 10 new tracks. It’s called Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama Re-Wrapped and is available to stream below and download here.

It is in this spirit of rewrapping that I’ve graciously rewrapped my story from last year as a present to you, dear reader.

Re-read the re-wrapped story beneath the embedded re-wrapped mixtape below this impressive holiday-themed ASCII art.

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“Fuck 2016.”
– Jeremih

Following up their collaboration with Big Sean on “Living Single,” Jeremih and Chance The Rapper have hooked their sleighs together (or some other stupid Christmas metaphor) and came up with a surprise nine-track mixtape called Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama. Spoiler alert: it’s Christmas themed.

Guests include Hannibal Buress (“All the Way”), Lud Foe (“I Shoulda Left You”), and TMT favorite Noname (“The Tragedy”). The vibe is slightly more Late Nights (#20) than Coloring Book, but it all feels season appropriate nonetheless, just two rappers from Chicago making a 2016 Christmas album for Chicago. No production info was revealed, but I think there’s Zaytoven on here and perhaps a footwork producer or two on the final track?

Every Zing Now: 19 Memorable Music Tweets From 2017

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The world went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, Nazis, an Arcade Fire album rollout. Twitter also went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, a controversy about verifying Nazis, and, perhaps most shockingly, a new 280 character … More »

Stream Chance The Rapper & Jeremih Merry Christmas Lil Mama ReWrapped

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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 … More »

Stream Chance The Rapper & Jeremih’s ‘Merry Christmas Lil Mama: Rewrapped’

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It’s here. The greatest Christmas gift of all: Chance The Rapper & Jeremih’s second collaborative project, Merry Christmas Lil Mama: …

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

Chance The Rapper & Jeremih Releasing Expanded Merry Christmas Lil Mama With Common & Lena Waithe

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Chance The Rapper and Jeremih blessed us last Christmas season with a surprise collaborative mixtape called Merry Christmas Lil Mama. Today the Chicago stars announced they’ve expanded the project for release next week with additional songs. On Instagram, Chance writes that Common and Master Of None’s Lena Waithe are involved in the new music: … More »

Like Everything Else, Music Videos Turned Millennial Pink In 2017

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Apparently, pop culture can now assign an entire generation their own color. “Millennial Pink” has supposedly been on the rise for the past few years, but 2017 is when it became inescapable. Everywhere I looked this year, the subdued-yet-quirky shade was lurking. BAM, there it is in a weirdly sexual Postmates ad on … More »

Chance The Rapper Stops By Sesame Street

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Chance The Rapper is no stranger to puppets — he did a duet with one in the “Same Drugs” video and they are a regular feature of his live shows — and it looks like he’ll be popping up in an episode of Sesame Street sometime soon. Chance just posted a pair of videos … More »

Watch SZA & Chance The Rapper Perform “Child’s Play” Together In New York

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Back in 2014, before the two of them became world-conquering stars, Chance The Rapper and SZA teamed up on “Child’s Play,” a track that appeared on SZA’s Z EP. And last night, as FADER points out, SZA played a show at New York’s Irving Plaza, and the two of them reunited onstage, … More »