Updated: Jun 5
Christmas music is something you can’t escape starting from the first day of November and extending until the end of December. You can’t turn on the radio or go in public without hearing common holiday tunes blaring from the speakers. One thing you probably don’t hear often, however, is Christmas rap music. I’m here to change that.
I listened to some recommended Christmas rap songs and chose my favorite songs to share with my readers. I hope you get a kick out of combining the holiday season with upbeat and unique hits.
1. Deck the Club- Ying Yang Twins
This song starts out with a chorus that encaptures the humor that the Ying Yang Twins are known for before saying that if the liquor store is closed on Christmas, the bar won’t be. It uses several Christmas references over the traditional Deck the Halls beat to describe partying at the club, getting drunk, and dancing with women. What else would you expect from this duo?
2. Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto- Snoop Dogg, Big Tray Deee, Bad Azz, Daz Dillinger, and Nate Dogg
Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto talks about some of the real struggles that low-income families face, including drugs, homelessness, and hunger. After touching on a bit of reality, however, it talks about how all these struggles seem to go away during Christmas time, and how everything is made just a bit better. It ends with a verse by Big Tray Deee where he notices that his mom is actually Santa Claus.
3. Christmas in Harlem- Kanye West, Cyhi Da Prince, Teyana Taylor
This feel-good song describes the joy of the holidays in New York City. Kayne talks about visiting the mall to buy gifts, while Cyhi delivers a verse about attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Teyana Taylor’s chorus puts you in a good mood and makes you think about all the factors you love about Christmas. It also talks about the love of being with your significant other during this time of year.
4. Drummer Boy- Justin Bieber and Busta Rhymes
Justin might not be a typical rapper, but he spits a few verses alongside Busta Rhymes in this Christmas bop. The song is about giving back for the holidays and visiting family. As the name suggests, it also features the legend of the little drummer boy visiting Jesus as a newborn, and playing his drums for him because he doesn’t have the money to buy a gift. It is an upbeat song that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling to prepare for charitable acts at Christmas.
5. Ludacrismas- Ludacris
Sampling the classic Here Comes Santa Claus, Ludacris talks about wanting gold teeth and 10 million dollars for Christmas. He also talks about blaring music, making the neighbors upset, and blasting them with snow when they knock on the door. This song is something you’d play in a club and get up and dance to when it comes on. If you’re looking for a party song this holiday season, this is the best suggestion.
This song was featured on the movie soundtrack for Fred Claus, which is about Santa's brother, a grouch who has always been second string to Santa. If you're interested in the movie, you can check out Fred Claus here.
6. It’z the Holidaze- Westside Connection
Holiday isn’t spelt with “daze” by accident. This song is about smoking weed during Christmas. Although the concept is hilarious, the song itself kind of slaps, and it is a great addition to your playlist this winter. The funniest line is probably Ice Cube’s verse: “I got your Christmas list, but I ain’t buyin’ you shit.”
This song was also a part of a soundtrack for Friday After Next, the third movie in the Friday series. The movie takes place on Christmas Eve, making this song a fitting addition. You can buy or rent Friday After Next here.
7. Ballin On X-Mas- Jim Jones
Featuring references to mistletoe, reindeers, and icicles, this song uses the beat of Run-DMC’s Christmas in Hollis, which is another worthy song to check out this year. The second verse, performed by Jim Jones, brings to light some of the realities of trying to afford presents and food at Christmas time: “Never seen Santa, no elves. Seen a couple mans go to jail, trying to get Christmas money off gram sales.” It’s an important message with a sick beat, so it’s easy to enjoy no matter what you’re trying to get out of it.
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I hope that by blasting some of these tunes this year, it brings more joy to your holiday season. If you have any other songs you’d like to share, feel free to comment, and don’t forget to have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and an all-around good season.
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