9 Fantastic Old-School Hip-Hop Christmas Songs
Looking to freshen up your faithful ol' holiday playlist with a little hip-hop? Well nix thoughts of falling back on that foul-mouthed Christmas On Death Row album -- rappers were penning joyful and funked-up holiday ditties long before Snoop and Dre and Suge decided to congregate around the metaphorical fireplace. Here's a run-through of a bunch of fine old-school and golden-era hip-hop tracks that pay homage to the holiday season with a festive swagger. (Disclaimer: We've skipped over Run-DMC's "Christmas In Hollis" and Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'" as they're pretty much on any holiday playlist these days anyway.)
9. Audio Two, "A Christmas Rhyme"
The Audio Two's Chrimbo ode isn't exactly a joyful tale, as the men behind the "Top Billin'" anthem talk about the trials of a penniless holiday season and a sick Santa. Seasonal salvation comes when Milk Dee steps up as a holiday hero though, as he takes on delivery duties and disperses gifts including Adidas goods along a route that focusses on Bed-Stuy. Bonus off-key trilling also ensues throughout the ditty.
8. Sweet Tee, "Let The Jingle Bells Rock"
Consider Sweet Tee's holiday outing as nothing more than a touching Christmas poem: "Snow on my window pane, eating candy canes/ Christmas is here, I feel it in my veins/ Celebrate, the 25th is the date/ It's time for love, it's not too late/ Sit by the tree, shining bright/ Listen to the carols on the radio, all night." Also goes on to include an all-important reference to chestnuts being roasted.
7. The Treacherous Three and Doug E Fresh, "Santa's Rap"
Hailing from the Beat Street flick, "Santa's Rap" is a genuine old-school holiday staple. In a pre-Festivus nod, the tree is disparaged as looking like "nothing but a decorated pole to me." Spoiler: As an unexpected twist, Doug E Fresh saves Christmas with his beat-boxing skills.