Tis’ the season for cheesy holiday music. There are some great holiday songs out there, like Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” and Destiny’s Child’s “8 Days of Christmas.” But what about holiday music by some of our favorite hip-hop artists? Rappers certaintly aren’t left out of the equation when it comes to memorable Christmas songs. Read on for a few classic hip-hop holiday songs.
Snoop, “Santa Claus Coming to the Ghetto”
This song is included on an album called “Christmas on Death Row.” Doesn’t that sound a bit morbid? The idea of spending Christmas on Death Row doesn’t necessarily equate with holiday cheer if you ask me. Who wants to spend Christmas on Death Row, prison or the record label? I’m sorry Suge, I didn’t mean that. I was just kidding.
Westside Connection, “It’s The Holidaze”
Westside Connection is pretty hardcore, so it’s kinda weird to see three gangsters rapping about Christmas. The question throughout the song is, “whatchu gonna do for the Holidaze…” I don’t know, Cube, what should I be doing? What say you, Mack 10? WC? I just noticed that Superhead is one of the main uh, “models” in the video. Ho, ho, ho! Hey, it was appropriate.
TLC, “Sleigh Ride”
I miss TLC…the baggy clothes, the in your face attitude, the three original members. Rest in peace to Left Eye. This is a really fun Christmas song, it has a positive message about spreading holiday cheer.
Run DMC, “Christmas in Hollis”
Another ode to Christmas in the hood. Only Run DMC could truly make it a hip-hop Christmas. The scratching over the record and the jingle sound over the drums and bassline is crazy. Good crazy, not bad.
What are some of your favorite hip-hop holiday songs?