Merry Christmas Everybody! Wow, I inadvertently quoted Slade. I guess I could have done worse. Sorry about the abrupt temporary break I took from writing this blog last week. You see, the past couple of months have held the deaths of three people in my life, both past and present. As I stated earlier, I lost my friend and former high school track and cross country coach to cancer in November. Then, last week, we put to rest the son of another very important friend of mine. There is nothing worse than watching your friends in pain, but this situation was made worse since his son’s death was due to murder. I cannot imagine a worse situation, one in which I hope to never experience directly. Finally, I discovered a friend of my from high school had taken her own life during the time that I had lost my old coach to cancer. Needless to say, the past four to six weeks has been rough.
But, now we are exactly one week from Christmas, the celebration of Christ’s birth and a time during which my family gets to hang out and play games. Every year, when try to follow Clark Griswold’s goal of his family during Christmas Vacation: “We’re going to have more fun since Bob Hope tap-danced with Danny f***king Kaye”. We started this new tradition a couple years ago after my mother-in-law passed away. But, our new family tradition will only get better as my kids start building their families (I sure as hell hope it’s soon guys!).
This week, I plan to drop some Christmas music playlists intended to break from tradition and to change the holiday spirit in many different ways. Today, I bring to you my Christmas Hip Hop playlist that I have entitled “Christmas 2017:Christmas in da Ghetto”. Don’t forget to stop by every day this week for a different playlist. Here we go!
Christmas 2017: Christmas in da Ghetto
- Chingy – “Chingy’s Christmas” (2016)
- De La Soul – “Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa” (1992)
- Eazy-E – “Merry Muthaf***in’ Xmas” (1992)
- Jim Jones – “Dipset X-Mas Time” (2006)
- Kanye West featuring Prynce Cy I & Teyana Taylor – “Christmas in Harlem” (2010)
- Killer Mike – “A Christmas Grind” (2003)
- Kurtis Blow – “Christmas Rappin’” (1980)
- Ludacris – “Ludacrismas” (2007)
- Master P featuring C-Murder – “Christmas in da Ghetto” (1994)
- Run the Jewels – “A Christmas F***ing Miracle” (2013)
- Run-D.M.C. – “Christmas in Hollis” (1987)
- Snoop Dogg featuring Nate Dogg – “Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto” (1996)
- Sweet Tee – “Let the Jingle Bells Rock” (1987)
- The Cold Crew – “Rappin’ Christmas” (1982)
- The Treacherous Three – “Santa’s Rap” (1984)
- Whistle – “Santa Is a B-Boy” (1985)
- Ying Yang Twins – “Deck da Club” (2008)
There you go! Just when you thought Christmas music could NOT be made by rap artists, I blow that theory out of the water with this playlist. I hope you enjoy it! If you would like an album of old school rap yuletide songs then you might want to search for this compilation from 1987 called Christmas Raps. It contains many classic songs, including Run-D.M.C.’s classic “Christmas in Hollis”, which debuted as a track on the original A Very Special Christmas album in 1987.
I’ll return tomorrow with my next playlist of yuletide songs.