Jeremih and Chance the Rappers Release Their Follow Up to Last Year's Christmas Mixtape

Three days before Christmas 2016, Jeremih and Chance the Rapper dropped Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama—a mixtape that had all the hallmarks of Chance’s work the rest of the year. It had a spiritual, moral and socially active backbone as well as a clear sense of place. It was unquestionably an urban album, and “I’m Your Santa” moves to Chicago stepping’s trademark groove.

Noname Radiates Confidence

Fatimah Warner snuck onto the scene in 2013 as Noname Gypsy, outclassing Chance the Rapper on his own track, “Lost,” from Acid Rap, the mixtape that catapulted him to unprecedented levels of indie success. Her verse, delivered with an instantly mesmerizing monotone and featuring rhymes like “Miss Mary Mattress, geriatric / Fuck me into open caskets,” got the world wondering who this mystery woman was.

Adele Takes the Excitement Out of Anonymous Sex at the Grammys

In Sunday’s New Orleans Advocate, Keith Spera wrote that the Grammys were going to be Beyoncé vs. Adele, but if it’s anyone against Adele, Adele wins. She’s everything the Grammys like, starting with an unnaturally good singer. Against someone with big ideas like Beyoncé, her big voice will win a Grammy every time.

Last Night: Chance the Rapper Held a Furry Convention at Mardi Gras World

Chance the Rapper has become America’s hip-hop sweetheart. From Kanye West to Rahm Emanuel to President Obama himself, everyone loves the guy. It’s not hard to see why. Chance is a positive (almost too positive) voice in a genre that often revels in violence and sexism. More importantly, he’s one of the only positive voices in hip-hop capable of actually connecting with an audience that's often skeptical of positivity.

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