The two musicians surprised fans with a slew of original new holiday tunes

By Christian Holub
December 22, 2016 at 09:12 AM EST
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Chance the Rapper is making sure his fans have a holly, jolly Christmas thanks to a surprise mixtape.

Released early Thursday, Merry Christmas Lil Mama is a collaboration between Chance and Jeremih and includes nine original tracks with holiday-themed titles (“Snowed In” and “I’m Your Santa,” among them), samples, and flourishes. The very first song, “All the Way,” begins with the iconic “you’ll shoot your eye out, kid” line from A Christmas Story and samples Art Mooney and His Orchestra’s “Nuttin’ for Christmas.” (“All the Way” also includes a spoken word riff from Hannibal Buress.)

This isn’t the first time Chance the Rapper and Jeremih have collaborated. Jeremih previously sang on Chance’s “Summer Friends” (a remembrance of those friends lost to Chicago’s ever-escalating gun violence) while Chance contributed a verse to a remix of Jeremih’s “Pass Dat.”

Listen to Merry Christmas Lil Mama on SoundCloud.

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