Well, seeing as how we’re a week away from Christmas, and that we’ve been in a festive mood around these parts all month, thanks to our rather awesome (if we do say so ourselves) #herohillxmas Advent Calendar, a Christmas themed Old School Monday seemed in order. I was about to do this from scratch, when thankfully I realized that I’d done a fairly thorough Christmas Rappin’ post a couple years ago. It seems like it would be rather difficult to do it any better than I’d already done it, so I’m putting those same songs back up to help get you get your Xmas on.
The only change we’ll make is to kick things off with the one & only true Rap Christmas carol: Christmas In Hollis. This is no coincidence, for other than multiple songs on Boney M’s Christmas Album, Christmas In Hollis has pretty much been my one consistent Xmas jam since junior high school. I’m fairly certain that the Ack feels the same way, and if you’ve already checked out our Advent Calendar, then you’ve seen that it uses a lovely pic of Run, DMC & JMJ in Santa hats as its background.
Now saying “Christmas In Hollis is awesome” likely isn’t telling you anything you don’t know, but what of the other Xmas jams we’ve got here? Kurtis Blow’s Christmas Rappin’ is prety amazing, even more so when you check him doing it live whilst wearing a beige Herb Tarlek suit in the wicked video below. Did you know there was a posse cut called Cold Chillin’ Christmas? I didn’t until 2 years ago, and my life felt a more complete after I’d heard Kane say “now once again let your hands applause, with this contribution to Santa Claus”. We’ve also got the Audio Two’s first single, a somewhat odd and dated song called Christmas Rhyme, and an enjoyable song called Let The Jingle Bells Rock from a lovely, old-school fave of mine, Sweet Tee.
We finish with what I termed one of the “most bitter Christmas songs ever”, the Santa Rap from the Treacherous 3 that is featured in Beat Street. As I said a couple years ago, it’s “an absolute must-watch as Kool Moe Dee, sans wrap around shades, plays the role of a rather bitter Santa, and young Doug E. Fresh makes a nonsensical beatbox appearance”. That scene is still amazing, so check the video below, and merry old school xmas to you and yours!
Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rapping (live on TOTP jan’80)
Beat Street Santa’s Christmas Xmas Rap