Christmas as we know it is reserved for the likes of Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé & Frank Sinatra who’s music becomes the soundtrack during the holidays and while its tradition for these artists to dominate the festive season Christmas rap songs offers a different spin to music during this period.
While were used to cheerful melodic songs during this period Hip Hop keeps its tradition by rapping over beats while keeping the theme festive. A perfect example of this can be seen in the first Christmas rap song by Kurtis Blow in 1976.
Since the first Christmas rap tune in 1976 we have gone on to see countless number of rappers attempt to create festive music and we have listed some of the best ones for you to enjoy during the holidays!
Here are the best Christmas Rap Songs to listen to during the Holidays
Christmas In Hollis – Run DMC
During 1986 Run DMC participated in a charity album for Christmas and the group were asked to story tell from the perspective of Christmas in Hollis Queens!
This song would go on to becoming one of the biggest festive songs in Hip Hop music with a video to further support the lyrics by showing the group together in their neighbourhood.
Notable Lyrics: It’s Christmas time in Hollis, Queens, Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens, Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese & Santa put gifts under Christmas trees
Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto – Snoop Dog
While a lot of controversy surrounded Death Row Records during the 90s the label made efforts to re-establish themselves showing community support which resulted in the release of the compilation album, Christmas at Death row with Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto as the first single.
In true G-Funk style Nate Dog provides the smooth g funk hook & Snoop delivers gifts to the community depicting himself as Black Santa with the help of the dog pound.
Notable Lyrics: Santa Claus on the ceiling, Jack Frost chillin’, Pinch the Grinch for being a holiday villain, Season’s greetings, all the proceedings, are brought to you by the church house where we’ll be eatin’
Ballin’ on X-Mas – Jim Jones ft Dipset
The dips jump on the classic RUN DMC song Christmas In Hollis in which stacks provides a dope hook as Jim raps about the added pressure being a hustler during the festive season and street life.
The late Stack Bundles demonstrates much charisma on his verse as he’s able to be witty about dealing drugs, getting women, and maintaining his cool status all within a Christmas track! Now that’s talent!
Notable Lyrics: She seen the videos, she like the fadeaway dance, I want to kiss her like I got a mistletoe in my pants
Christmas in Harlem – Kanye West
One of the most memorable songs Kanye released in 2010 during the Good Fridays run goes to Christmas in Harlem. Teyana Taylor’s vocal provides an uplifting joyful feeling which is suitable to be played at Christmas every year!
Notable Lyrics: The streets lit up, it feel like Christmas officially
Told her that “You the star at the top of my Christmas tree”
My only question is, “Where my presents?”
She said, “Shhh,” she got a gift for me that ain’t for the kids to see
Jingle Bales – Gucci Mane
Gucci Mane or as he likes to call himself during the festive season East Atlanta Santa released the hard-hitting Christmas rap song Jingle Bales produced by J White. What really makes the song stand out is the visuals that shows Gucci parading through New York City crashing Santacon!
Notable Lyrics: Jingle bales, bales on the scale (Bale)
Fish scale same color as (Skrrt, skrrt, skrrt)
Tryna duck the feds (Fuck ’em), just bust a nigga head (Bah)
Merry Muthafuckin’ Xmas – Eazy E
The Godfather of West Coast gangster rap Eazy E provides us with a Christmas parody rap song in which the MC celebrates his Christmas gift by receiving head from a woman!
The songs freaky, explicit & the exact opposite of what you expect from a Christmas song, yet we still love it! Play this one when the kids have gone to bed!
Notable Lyrics: Merry muthafuckin’ Christmas and a ho ho ho!
While I’m riding that cot under the mistletoe
Now dashing through the snow
In a candy red top 6-4 (hittin’ them switches)
The Christmas Song – David Banner
Christmas is meant to be a joyful occasion, right? Well the Christmas song by David Banner is a constant reminder that life is not so merry for everybody. In the Christmas song Banner raps about unemployment, hustling, stealing & the struggles of many to provide for their family during the festive period which increases the crime rate during this season!
Notable Lyrics: Santa Claus don’t come if you don’t got dough
So I’m tryna get ya paper, ‘fore I buss on ya, bitch
My daughters crying, and you looking like a lick on Christmas
It’z The Holidaze – Westside Connection
Itz the Holidaze is a feel-good record that reiterates what Christmas is all about! Drinking, smoking, eating, and having a good time!
Taken from the Friday After Next movie soundtrack, you might remember this song as it was played during the movies closing credits.
Notable Lyrics: So this year fill ya heart wit’ cheer or disappear nigga
Holla if ya clear nigga, it’s Ice Cube you can call me tha Grinch
I got your Christmas list
But I ain’t buyin’ you shit
Big Bag – Tyler the Creator
Tyler the creator creatively story tells Christmas from the Grinch’s perspective as though he were him. He also uses the 1st verse to reminisce about his childhood during Christmas as his mum worked to provide.
Taken from Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Grinch’ this is a song to ride during Christmas night!
Notable Lyrics: Toys what is on the list
When it comes to this, I’m too legit
Tell all them kids that he be the Grinch
When they ask who has type of heart to do this
Nothing for Christmas – Rae Sremmurd
Probably the most hype up tempo record on our Christmas rap songs list goes to Rae Sremmurd! Throughout the track we see the group brag and chant about not getting anything for girls at Christmas and then beginning the 1st verse contradicting themselves with the line “Let me contradict myself, I just bought my baby Chanel”
Notable Lyrics: Girl, show me your wishlist (Hey, bad girl)
I can’t read your wishlist (Yeah, bad girl)
Your bad ass ain’t gettin’ nothin’ for Christmas (Ayy, bad girl)
Christmas in da Ghetto – C-Murder & Master P
The opening lines to this song goes “ Christmas in the ghetto just ain’t worth shit/Tell Santa Claus he better watch his back” which sets the tone for the track as C-Murder and Master P aren’t that merry at all, rather they use the song to speak about hard life in the ghetto regardless of what season it is!
Notable Lyrics: Cause the place I’m from, Santa don’t leave gifts
In my house, Santa only shoplifts
Holidays in the hood ain’t no motherfuckin’ joke
When people all around you is starving and broke
All I Really Want for Christmas – Lil Jon
All I really want for Christmas is a reminder as to why we fell in love with Lil Jon in the first place, hype, full of energy and always having fun! In addition to this Lil Jon turnt this track into a full crunk song. This had to make our Christmas Rap Songs list!
Notable lyrics: Having a party on Christmas Eve
And I got a whole lot of Christmas glee
Whole lotta gifts I’d like to receive
And you know all year I been planting them seeds
Deck Da Club – Ying Yang Twins
Simply put Deck da Club is a celebration song that’s Crunk! Ying Yang twins deliver a catchy hook to go with this Christmas rap song that will be played each year!
Notable Lyrics: Ho, ho, ho, Santa’s in the building
Boy, he so crunk they say (Ah, he’s in the ceiling)
Cartier put in play with the Tiffany
Call me Ghetto Santa, say it with me
Player’s Ball – Outkast
Players Ball is credited as the song giving Outkast their break into the mainstream as the duo rapped about attending a player’s ball on Christmas day. While the video does not include the conventional Christmas symbols the raps do!
Notable Lyrics: Ain’t no chimneys in the ghetto so I won’t be hanging my socks on no chimney
I’m fit as a tick, fix me a plate, I got the remedy
Jingle Bellz – Juelz Santana
The 2nd dipset rendition of a Christmas song comes from Juelz Santana in which he brags about his riches and wealth which is standard practice coming from a Harlem rapper!
Notable Lyrics: But diamonds are a girl’s best friend so for Christmas I went out and got her some, I’m the kinda guy that betta your life i got big money you ain’t gotta mention the price
Ghostface X-Mas – Ghostface Killah
In an attempt to ensure everyone is happy and gets their gifts Ghostface Killah raps from the perspective of helping Santa Claus out during the festive night! I mean who wouldn’t want Ghostface Killah delivering gifts on Christmas eve!
Notable Lyrics: Holy Jesus, I gotta drop all these toys off
Mrs. Claus, Mrs. Claus, bring me my robe & my slippers
I gotta go
3 Kings Yo Gotti
While the holidays are about rest and play Yo gotti and Fab remind us that the grind and hustle never stops as they rap about their riches!
DJ Khaled narrates the track between the hook and verses with the festive inspiration you need to get you on your grind!
Notable Lyrics: On the first day of Christmas, my plug gave to me
A whole sledge of snow so the whole hood can eat
Christmas Rappin – Kurtis Blow
Kurtis Blow started the tradition for Christmas rap songs with this 1976 release. Not only did Christmas rappin off set the tradition for Christmas music in Hip Hop, it also resulted into making him the first rapper signed to a Major Label.
Kurtis Blows tells the story of Santa delivering presents in the neighbourhood and stopping by to join the party before he set off. In true Christmas spirit the song is a great record for the festive season which went onto becoming a commercial hit!
Notable Lyrics: Now I’m the guy named Kurtis Blow and Christmas is one thing I know ,So every year just about this time, I celebrate it with a rhyme, Gonna shake it, gonna bake it, gonna make it good.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – DMX
While this does not fall under the official Christmas rap songs, what’s there not to love about DMX acapella Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer!
While X is known for his signature gravelly voice fitting well over hardcore hip hop beats to our surprise it merges well with this festive sound! Watch & Enjoy!
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