Here are some videos and albums where Hiphop celebrates the holidays.
Kurtis Blow - "Christmas Rap"
Kurtis Blow entered the hip-hop scene in the late 1970's and is known for collaborating with Def Jam's Russell Simmons. He released "Christmas Rappin" the Mercury Records Label in 1979. His following singe was "The Breaks."
Hollis is referring to Hollis Queens, where the three members from Run-DMC came from. This single from the album A Very Special Christmas from A&M Records, came out in 1987.
Snoop Dogg - "Santa Clause Goes Straight To The Ghetto"
From Suge Night’s “Christmas on Death Row” album, which was released in 1996, Snoop’s track “Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto” (a take on the James Brown song with the same name) creates an ironic image of “Christmas Cheer” with the struggles of poverty. In the video Snoop plays both a black Santa as well as a preacher at the pulpit.
You can view the Amazon.com page for these albums by clicking on the cover artwork.
1. Christmas in Hollis
2. Let the Jingle Bells Rock
3. Dana Dane Is Coming to Town
4. Ghetto Santa
5. Christmas in the City
6. Chillin' With Santa
7. He's Santa Claus
8. That's What I Want for Christmas
9. A Surf M.C. New Year
Produced in 1993 off of BMG Special Productions, this Rap album contains a variety of Christmas songs. One of the most famous is "Christmas in Hollis," Run-DMC's hit single.
This Christian-based Gospel-Rap album was produced in 2004. It focuses on sharing the story of Christ at Christmas, and it was Cross Movement Records first Christmas release.
2. What Do You Want for Christmas
3. Wish List
4. Where Dey at Yo!
5. Whachugot 4xmas
6. Leave a Message(I Can Explain)
8. White Xmas
9. Da Jam
10. Lil' Bass Boi
11. The Night Before Christmas
12. Christmas Time
13. What You Want for Christmas
14. Xmas Blues
15. White Xmas
The Quad City DJs released this album in 1996 through Atlantic Records. Around the same time Atlantic released the Space Jam soundtrack that showcased the Quad City DJs in the title song.
1. Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto [Explicit]
2. The Christmas Song [Explicit]
3. I Wish [Explicit]
4. Silver Bells [Explicit]
5. Peaceful Christmas [Explicit]
6. Christmas In The Ghetto [Explicit]
7. Silent Night [Explicit]
8. Be Thankful [Explicit]
9. On This Glorious Day [Explicit]
10. Frosty The Snowman [Explicit]
11. O Holy Night [Explicit]
12. Party 4 Da Homies [Explicit]
13. White Christmas [Explicit]
14. This Christmas [Explicit]
15. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas [Explicit]
16. Christmas Everyday [Explicit]
Death Row Records (Suge Night) released Christmas on Death Row in 1996.The lp begins with Snoop Dogg's famous Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto. The compilation was created as a form of charity for the community. Although most of the artists on the compilation were Death Row's less-popular MCs, the album sold 200,000 copies.
1. Dipset X-Mas Time
2. Have a Happy Christmas
3. Wish List
4. Ballin' on Xmas
5. If Everyday was Xmas
6. We Get Money
7. Too High
8. City Boys
9. We Fly High (remix)
10. Letter to the Game
Dipset Christmas was released in 2006 by Koch Records. The first half of this lp contains all Christmas songs up until We Get Money. After the first five songs the album strays away from its Christmas theme. The “We Fly High” (Remix) on this abum.