File this under things you desperately wanted in your life but had no idea were possible: Sufjan Stevens and his label Asthmatic Kitty have released a hip-hop Christmas mixtape. Its name? Chopped and Scrooged. And it features a variety of artists singing new holiday songs, including Heems of the now-defunct Das Racist and tumblr-rap star Kitty Pryde.
This release comes on the heels of Sufjan’s 5-disc Christmas collection called Silver & Gold, which itself is a little strange—it includes stickers, temporary tattoos, a DIY ornament, self-described “apocalyptic pull-out poster” and “Hallucinogenic photographs and psychedelic graphic design (by Sufjan Stevens, drug-free since 1975), as well as linear notes and essays from Sufjan himself. At 58 tracks, many original songs, and with a national Christmas tour in progress, Sufjan clearly has some Christmas spirit. Chopped and Scrooged is evident that he is simply over-flowing with holiday cheer. But, as Buddy the Elf pointed out, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”
So check out the mixtape via Soundcloud below, and if you’re interested, download all the tracks for free through this link.
Also, follow Sufjan’s psychedelic webseries of Christmas song videos also through Asthmatic Kitty.