Chicago’s Chance The Rapper and Jeremih have united to treat fans with an unexpected early Christmas gift. The duo have released their new must-hear Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama mixtape.

Early Thursday (December 22), Chance and Jeremih blessed music heads with the new underground effort.

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.) (EW)

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Last weekend, Chance graced TV sets on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” broadcast.

His biggest part was rapping in a music video in the vein of the 1987 Run-DMC holiday classic “Christmas in Hollis.” In adidas track suit, black fedora and fat gold chain, Chance traded lines with Kenan Thompson about this Christmas being the last of the Obama presidency. Later, in a scene about bad comedians staging a jokey re-enactment of Christ’s birth, Chance popped up as the actor playing all three wise men with the help of two lifesize puppets. (Chicago Sun-Times)

The hip-hop standout also performed one of his big Coloring Book songs.

Chance the Rapper capped off his banner year by appearing as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live’s annual Christmas episode. Our 2016 Artist of the Year supported his Album of the Year contender, Coloring Book, by performing “Finish Line” with fellow Chicago MC Noname and “Same Drugs” with Francis and the Lights. (Consequence of Sound)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfaKtyWlrlM

Recently, Chance reacted to landing a Grammy nomination for the upcoming awards ceremony.