Rappy Christmas! The 10 best festive hip hop songs of all time

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Getting bored of Mistletoe And Whine and Noddy ‘strangled cockerel’ Holder? Here’s an alternative Christmas playlist. There are plenty of others, of course, but they’re seasonally stuffed with obscenities.

Warning: Some videos may contain language that some may find offensive.

1. Jim Jones – Dipset Xmas Time

Great for a seasonal sing along, this. All together now – ‘Livin’ fast and ballin’ at Christmas time.’ In case you’re wondering, Dipset is short for The Diplomats, the musical group to which Jim lad belongs.

2. Outkast – Player’s Ball (Christmas Edition)

What’s more festive than celebrating the Player’s Ball – an annual convention of pimps? Anything. Great song though.

3. Run DMC – Christmas In Hollis

The mark of a good Christmas music video is the inclusion of a dog in reindeer antlers.

4. TLC – Sleigh Ride

Oh fine, this isn’t technically hip hop. But Left Eye raps about Santa…

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Designers get the rap of approval

Versace. Tom Ford. Gucci. What do they all have in common? Well, apart from them being one of the most recognised fashion brands in the world, they’ve all been given the recognition they deserve…in rap songs. Drake, Jay Z and others have taken to the mic to appreciate the work of these well known designers, but is name dropping really necessary? Yes, it actually is. After Tom Ford was released, it became one of the most searched name on search engines since it’s release in August 2013, however, it seems that there wasn’t much of an increase in sales, which is actually kind of sad.

Repetitious Rapping

Name dropping isn’t a recent occurrence; it all started back when Run DMC were rocking Adidas, they even made a song called “My Adidas” – so original. After that, you can say it became quite a trend to name drop, take ASAP Rocky’s new hit Fashion Killa, you can just tell that this song will involve some major name dropping. “She got a lotta Prada, that Dolce and Gabana. I can’t forget Escada and that Balenciaga” (Rocky, 2013).

Sometimes I do wonder if they will ever get bored of rapping about designers, or if they will even run out of designers to rap about. They’re basically boasting about being able to afford all these expensive things, saying “ey look at me, I’m rich”. But I guess if it’s bringing in the money and the appreciation from fans, why not do it? 

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