Christmas Rap: 1979-2007

From Queens to Compton, December 25 has always been hip-hop’s favorite holiday. Check out the 25 coldest X-Mas songs of all time, in chronological order.

Kurtis Blow “Christmas Rappin’”
Christmas Rappin’ 12″ (1979)

Treacherous Three f/ Doug E. Fresh “XMas Rap”
Beat Street Soundtrack (1984)

Audio Two “A Christmas Rhyme”
A Christmas Rhyme 12″ (1985)

Cutmaster DC “Santa’s Beat Box”
Brooklyn Rocks The Best 12″ (1986)

Run-DMC “Christmas In Hollis”
Christmas in Hollis 12″ (1987)

Biz Markie f/ Big Daddy Kane “XXX-Mas”
Live from Club Uptown (1987)

Sweet Tee “Let The Jingle Bells Rock”
Christmas Rap (1987)

Juice Crew “A Cold Chillin’ Christmas”
Winter Wanderland (1988)

De La Soul “Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa”
De La Soul Is Dead (1991)

Eazy-E f/ “Merry Muthafuckin’ Xmas”
5150: Home 4 tha Sick (1992)

TRU “Christmas In The Ghetto”
Christmas In The Ghetto 12″ (1992)

Run-DMC “Christmas Is”
A Very Special Christmas 2 (1992)

OutKast “Players Ball (Original Version)”
A LaFace Family Christmas (1993)

Ras Kass “Jack Frost”
Jack Frost 12″ (1996)

Snoop Dogggy Dogg f/ Daz, Nate Dogg, Tray Deee & Bad Azz “Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto”
Christmas on Death Row (1996)

Rev Run f/ Ma$e, Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, Salt N Pepa, Onyx & Keith Murray “Santa Baby”
A Very Special Christmas 3 (1997)

Busta Rhymes f/ Jim Carrey “Grinch 2000″
How The Grinch Stole Christmas Soundtrack (2000)

Atmosphere “If I Was Santa Claus”
Lucy Ford (2001)

Cypress Hill “The Night Before Christmas”
Kevin & Bean’s Swallow My Eggnog (2001)

Westside Connection “It’s The Holidaze”
Friday After Next Soundtrack (2002)

Killer Mike “A Christmas Grind”
Grindtime Christmas (2003)

David Banner “The Christmas Song”
MTA2: Baptized In Dirty Water (2004)

Jim Jones f/ Stack Bundles & JR Writer “Ballin’ On X-Mas”
A Dipset X-Mas (2006)

Gorilla Zoe f/ Neighborhood Supastars & Block “It’s Christmas”
MP3 Release (2007)

Ludacris “Ludachristmas”
Fred Claus Soundtrack (2007)

Yo Yo Yo Kids Yo, It’s Christmas! (2007)
If you have children in the house, chances are the above joints are too dirty to play on the holiday. Luckily, this new album mixes hard hip-hop beats with lyrics even the little shorties can relate to. The creators of the successful Kidz Bop compilation series (which has children re-record well-known pop songs) recruited producer FS Beatz to craft 12 original joints to put a hip-hop spin on kids’ Christmas music. The results are surprisingly tolerable, even for seasoned hip-hop fans.CLICK HERE for more info, or watch some dancing reindeer in the video for the lead single “Presents” below:

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  • E

    Sweet! Thank you XXL.

  • sean_izzle

    mn that snowman look like Young Jeezy ahhaha

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  • zipperhead

    soooooo…. “buckwheat” on merry muthafuckin christmas is actually i never knew that. he would be the only kid with enough (get up in them) guts to be good all year…

  • pee

    ah ha! its christmas! oh yeah! gonna get myself some presents! lol!

  • MGG

    YO! How yall gonna leave off “What You Want For Christmas” and the remix by 69 Boys?

  • G

    I was thinkin somethin like this…Tight

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  • fla all day

    yeah i was checkin for dat 69 boys i aint heard dat shit in forever. that tru christmas joint ridin though. all this shit funny

  • sATaLyte

    Goddamn! I never heard that Eazy-E christmas joint, that shit is hilarious!

    Better late than never I suppose. Jeezus they didn’t have no fuckin sense.

  • diggsy

    where’s the 69 boyz christmas joint?

  • Jon Dog

    Thanx XXL. Merry Christmas ya’ll, everybody, even the haterz!!! Can’t waite to hear Skillz 07′ Rap Up!!!

  • kinsnspace

    Peace,from the bay!

    come vibe;

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  • Latino Heat

    damn. i never heard alot of these songs. good post. merry christmas everybody. the snoop joint is the best, even my aunt waits for that video to play every year. classic. run dmc joint too. rip jmj. co-sign, waiting for the 07 wrap up.

  • D.R.A.M.A

    yo…. jim carrey rappin? damn…

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  • sijwhua

    Jack Frost by Ras Kass is fucking amazing.

  • ericyo

    another one is ho ho ho by the ying yang twins
    V.I.C. ft. Stan Williams &. B.O.B Hot (Produced By Mr. Collipark and that new on some chrome with three 6 mafia has a christmas tune to it. and then chris brown – this christmas, trey songz – on christmas

  • pileofshirt69

    Here’s a mix of most of what’s up there, and some others that they missed:

    1) Chaz Kangas – “2 Girls 1 Christmas (Another Chaz Kangas Christmas)”
    2) Dipset – “Dipset X-Mas Time”
    3) Run DMC – “Christmas in Hollis”
    4) Dana Dane – “Dana Dane is Coming to Town”
    5) Kurtis Blow – “Christmas Rappin”
    6) Busta Rhymes – “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”
    7) Snoop (Doggy) Dogg – “The Night Before Christmas”
    8) Outkast – “Player’s Ball” (Christmas version)
    9) Run DMC – “Christmas Is”
    10) Chaz Kangas – “A Chaz Kangas Christmas”
    11) Treacherous Three – “XMas Rap (Uncensored)”
    12) Grand Buffet – “Stocking Stuffer”
    13) Killer Mike – “A Christmas Grind”
    14) Ras Kass – “Jack Frost”
    15) David Banner – “The Christmas Song”
    16) Atmosphere – “If I Was Santa Claus”
    17) Big Daddy Kane & Biz Markie – “XXX Mas”
    18) Tru/Master P – “Christmas in the Ghetto”
    19) Reverend Run f/ Christmas All Stars – “Santa Baby”
    20 Princess Superstar – “I Hope I Sell A Lot of Records at Christmas Time” (Produced by Prince Paul)

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  • ruben

    what about the showboys old school rap “Thats what I want for christmas” you need to check it out.

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