DJ Matthew Africa blesses us with 38 Christmas songs, mostly rap, but with some soul, too.  Enjoy and thank you DJ Matthew Africa!

He writes…


s a genre, Christmas releases tend toward the superficial, the exploitative, the quick cash-in, but they can nonetheless be pretty entertaining. This week I mix a lot of seasonal-themed crap and also some of my favorite Christmas songs.

The rap portion of the show (roughly the first 70 minutes) features a lot of stuff I enjoy because it is so clearly throwaway product– strip-club songs dressed up with tinsel (the Ying Yang Twins x2!), Xmas trees flocked with filth (Jiggie Gee), perfunctory remakes (Jim Jones, H-Town) and stuff that’s only connected to the holiday in the most arbitrary way (the Jacka & Husalah). In many of the songs, the disconnect is gleeful.

The latter half of the show features some more traditional holiday music. There are plenty more throwaways, many of which nonetheless hit a nerve, like the Miracles’ gorgeous take on “Merry Gentlemen”, Sun Ra’s goofy doowop or James Brown’s “Let’s Unite the World at Christmas”, a song that never fails to put me in a more benevolent mood.

Track Listing

1. Run DMC: Christmas In Hollis
2. Jim Jones: Ballin’ On Xmas
3. Ying Yang Twins: Deck Da Club
4. Hard Call Xmas: My Christmas Bells
5. B-Boy All Stars: B-Boy Christmas Shout Outs
6. Dana Dane: Dana Dane Is Coming to Town
7. C-Murder & Master P: Christmas In Da Ghetto
8. Kam: Holiday Madness
9. Poison Clan: Christmas Spliff
10. The Treacherous Three: Xmas Rap feat. Doug E. Fresh
11. Kurtis Blow: Christmas Rappin’
12. Super Jay: Santa’s Rap Party
13. Jiggie Gee: Christmas Fuckin’ Day
14. Juice Crew All Stars: Cold Chillin’ Christmas feat. Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, MC Shan & Fly Ty
15. Sweet Tee: Let the Jingle Bells Rock
16. K-Nock: Where Dey At Yo! feat. 24-K
17. Snoop Dogg: How We Kick It On Christmas feat. Kokane
18. The Cold Crew: Rappin’ Christmas
19. Audio Two: Christmas Rhymin’
20. Outkast: Player’s Ball
21. Trick Daddy: Ain’t No Santa
22. Ghostface Killah: Ghostface X-mas
23. Ying Yang Twins: Carol of Da Bellz
24. Snoop Doggy Dogg: Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto feat. Bad A$$, Daz, Nate Dogg & Tray Dee
25. The Jacka & Husalah: Halloween Christmas Gremlins
26. The Jackson 5: Christmas Won’t Be the Same
27. Marvin Gaye: Purple Snowflakes
28. James Brown: I’m Your Christmas Friend, Don’t Be Hungry
29. James Brown: Hey America
30. James Brown: Christmas Is Love
31. Chocolate Snow: Let Me Be Your Christmas Toy
32. The Emotions: What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas?
33. Lou Rawls: Christmas Will Really Be Christmas
34. Stevie Wonder: What Christmas Means to Me
35. Sun Ra: It’s Christmas Time
36. James Brown: Let’s Unite the World at Christmas
37. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
38. H-Town: Knockin’ Boots For Christmas

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