Back in 2016, Chance the Rapper and Jeremih came together to release the holiday-themed project Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama, which originally saw nine upbeat tracks from the Chicago stars. The following year, they unveiled a Re-Wrapped upgrade that contained 10 additional cuts for fans to enjoy. Today, Chance and Jeremih make their return to the series by dropping Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama: The Gift That Keeps On Giving, which takes songs from the aforementioned offerings and adds on “Who’s To Say” and “The Return,” the latter of which is now accompanied by a visual that shows Chance performing in different parts of his well-decorated residence.
In addition to a social media-only release (the Lil Wayne and Young Thug-assisted “Instagram Song 8”), this year has also seen Chance The Rapper co-starring on tracks like Brandy’s “Baby Mama,” Baha Bank$ “Shake Dat A$$,” Ludacris’ “Found You,” MadeinTYO’s “BET Uncut,” and Justin Bieber’s “Holy.”
While 2020 saw Jeremih collaborating on tracks from Burna Boy, Fat Joe and Dre, Casanova, Ne-Yo, and more, the R&B artist unfortunately found himself fighting for his life in November thanks to COVID-19. Thankfully (and with the aid of peers like Chance and Diddy), Jeremih appears to have made a full recovery — he took to Instagram to thank everyone for their prayers during his time in the hospital.
In related news, various outlets have reported that Chance the Rapper is currently facing a lawsuit from former manager Pat Corcoran, who claims that the rapper owes him more than $3 million in commissions. The lawsuit also states that Chance the Rapper blamed — and subsequently fired — Corcoran over the negative responses about his debut album The Big Day, which made landfall back in 2019. Chance’s team has since denied all accusations made.
Press play on Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama: The Gift That Keeps On Giving, as well as the video for “The Return,” below.