If you haven’t heard DMX’s viral version of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, you should please do so as soon as possible. Last week, the rapper was a guest on New York’s Power 105.1 radio station and he regaled the audience with an impromtu performance of the holiday classic that would have had even Burl Ives himself feeling the beat.
I’m a big believer in traditional Christmas music, preferably performed by Nat King Cole. I don’t care for the more modern R&B/pop takes by performers like Mariah Carey and Jessica Simpson. No Justin Bieber. I love Paul McCartney, but his Christmas song is shit.
An exception is Run-DMC’s 1987 song “Christmas in Hollis” which is different at least … and there’s always Eazy-E’s family-friendly “Merry Muthafuckin’ Christmas” with festive lyrics like “Ho ho ho, come sit on my face.”
DMX, who is best known for his hard-core and often vulgar raps including his most mainstream song “Party Up” … not to mention his many arrests and incarcerations … absolutely crushes in his rendition of Rudolf. Other than interjecting “What” and “Come on” in the pause a few times, he stays true to the original lyrics and keeps it clean, even correctly naming all of the reindeer … while still managing to give it a beat and add his characteristic raspy awesomeness.
To answer your question … no, DMX is not planning to do a Christmas album. Thank God. It’s bad enough that he’s so religious these days.
A few people have taken DMX’s Rudolf and added Christmas footage to it. The best that I’ve seen is E!’s The Soup, which uses footage from the 1964 classic TV show … the one with Yukon Cornelius and Hermey, the elf who wants to be a dentist. Enjoy.