Five More Hip-Hop Holiday Renditions We Would Love to Hear
|DMX of Ruff Ryderz and "Rudolph" fame|
If the sugar plum fairies dancing in your head this week have started to stop, drop, shut 'em down and open up shop, that's likely because they're still beaming from DMX's absolutely spellbinding cover of the children's Christmas classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." We at the Weekly consider the clip to be one of the best things we've seen this Holiday season and, in the fine tradition of quickly spreading hip-hop trends, really hope more rap artists give us their take on the great seasonal standards. It is with that in mind we present our choices for five more hip-hop holiday renditions we would love to hear!
"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" performed by Rick Ross
As Nat King Cole masterfully sings in the above clip, there's "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" as well as "Jack Frost nipping at your nose." "The Christmas Song" has become a holiday standard because its vivid imagery conjures up those memories that warm our hearts every December, and who better to give us his take than the boss himself, Rick Ross? For a man who once bragged he wakes up every morning to lobster bisque, one can only imagine what's roasting over his fire and nipping at his nose. Let's hope he fills us in.
"Frosty the Snowman" performed by Kendrick Lamar
This year, Kendrick Lamar's rightfully heralded album good kid, m.A.A.d city captured the attention of the hip-hop universe by telling an intriguing narrative with a multi-faceted complex but subtle exploration of peer pressure. A great storyteller, we would love to see him apply these same talents to "Frosty the Snowman." While, yes, Young Jeezy does have the snowman game largely on lock, we would like Lamar to convey the inner-conflict between knowing whether or not magic can come from a hat and the responsibility of bringing delight just once a year.