And we’re back! Did the first five jams on our list get you into the Christmas spirit? Why are so many rappers rapping about egg nog? And does Santa just sleigh ride right over the ghetto? All those songs about getting coal for Christmas make you just want to give every rapper a hug. That said, the next five songs will bring in the Christmas cheer as you stuff your stocking, make your list and check it twice. And who made the “nicest” jam of the holiday season? You’ll have to see who’s number one!
5. Trey Songz and Flo Rida – “Jingle Bells” – 2008
Yes, it’s a Gap ad, but who frickin’ cares? This is a sleigh ride I definitely want to be on. In probably one of the catchiest hip-hop jingles so far, Trey sings (like velvet) about riding in a one-horse open sleigh and how much fun it is to hang with him and Flo. Although Flo Rida’s rap is not the slickest, bet you still wish you were ridin’ on 24s with these two!
4. RUN-D.M.C. “Christmas in Hollis” – 1987
Rev Run proved you could be “nice” and not “naughty” by mailing Santa’s wallet back full of cash. Being a do-gooder got him a bag full of cash under the Christmas tree in return! (Way to promote good morals, Rev.) Record scratching and funky horns give listeners a fun glimpse into black Christmastide in Hollis, Queens where “Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens.”
3. Tupac / DJ critikaL– “A White Christmas (Hold On Pt. 2)” – 1992 / 2009
A remix created by DJ critikaL samples an MTV interview where Tupac rants about the intense social injustice in the world and the rich / poor dichotomy that gives some folk a white Christmas while others ain’t got sh*t. Heartfelt opening monologue: “These people celebrate Christmas…everybody got gifts and then somebody’s starving. And they’re having a white Christmas… That’s not fair to me.” Tupac implores rich people to stop flossin’, and poor people to just “Hold on.” Deep song as only Tupac can deliver.
2. Kanye West – “Christmas In Harlem” – 2010
Ol’ school Yeezy (“Bad Santa”) and CyHi Da Prince bring classy back in this old soul ‘70’s record. They also shop in uptown and fantasize about getting that special, raunchy kind of gift. (Knowhatimean?) Marvin Gaye samples, high production value, and the silky voice of Teyana Taylor make this song a nostalgic feel-good. Best line? “White girl, Veronica / Black girl, Monica / Got me celebrating Christma-Hanu-kwana-kuh.”
1. Kurtis Blow – “Christmas Rappin’ – 1979
Number one for so many reasons. Over one of the illest beats ever, hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow created the first rap song ever released on a major label (Mercury). And it happened to be something he wrote on a train to the studio during Christmastime. It sold like hotcakes every year, going gold. Guaranteed, even today, to get the Yuletide party started.
And…well, this is not on Santa’s list, but I had to throw it in, mostly ‘cause of the title.
**“Ludacrismas” – Ludacris – 2007
Luda gives us Christmas Southern Hospitality style. All he wants for Christmas is his two gold teeth (of course) over Southern power beats. The remix of Doris Day’s “Here comes Santa Claus” is really the best part, as the lyrics are not Luda’s most innovative. The title though! Catch the cut on Vince Vaughn’s film, Fred Claus.
And with that said, merry frickin’ Christmas to all, and to all a good night!