10 Tunes for Your Hip Hop Christmas Playlist

Crack open a 40 oz, go buckwild on Santa’s lap and have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

Kanye West,“Christmas in Harlem”
Besides giving his “D-ricious” hot chocolate as a gift, Kanye West’s instant Christmas classic is a pretty wholesome affair about living the good life in New York and hitting the malls.

RUN-DMC, “Christmas in Hollis”
Christmas in Queens with collard greens, mac ‘n’ cheese and Santa dropping G’s? Count us in.

Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg– “Santa Claus Goes Straight To the Ghetto”
Before Nate Dogg’s untimely death and Snoop Dogg rap battling as Moses against Saint Nick, there was the simple tale of Santa’s trip to skid row.

Ludacris, “Ludachrismas”
Ever wanted to go hard on an egg nog binge while jamming to gangsta Christmas rap? This is the song to get you in the spirit.

Die Antwoord, “XP€N$IV $H1T”
Come on, admit it. You really, really want that solid gold, diamond encrusted Beats headphones you've had your eye on.

Ying Yang Twins, “Deck Da Club”
With a belch-along chorus and inexplicable background squawks, “Deck Da Clubs” is twerk-tastic even before it was a thing.

Eazy-E, “Merry Mutha****** Xmas”
Like the Whitman sampler of Christmas hip hop, Easy-E’s holiday medley of raunched-out Xmas classics has something for everyone.

Derek B, “Chillin’ with Santa”
In retrospect, Santa doesn’t seem like a very cold chillin’ kind of guy. He enslaves elves as sweatshop workers and punishes children with lumps of coal.

MC Miker G, Deejay Sven, “Holiday Rap”
Danish rappers MC Miker G & DJ Sven prove that there is a whiter shade of pale in a world where Vanilla Ice exists.

Moses vs. Santa Clause (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
Have you ever, at least once in your life, wanted to see Snoop Dogg as a biblical figure, spitin’ rhymes as Moses? Well, here’s your chance to be enlightened by Doggy Dogg. 

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