Tag: Decade: 1980s

Kid-friendly: “Christmas in Oldskool County” (42 min mix)

Looking for a playlist of old school hip-hop Christmas jams? Look no further. @JefCzekaj from Hip+Hop Don’t Stop put together this 42 minute kid-friendly mix of Hip Hop Christmas songs from the ’80s!




Spyder-D – “Ghetto Santa”

Another cut off the 1987 Christmas Rap compilation, “Ghetto Santa” is a no frills Christmas rap song. With Spyder-D and DJ Doc on production, the instrumental is a hip-hop version of “Jingle Bells” with sleigh bells layered on to give it a distinctive Christmas vibe.




Sweet Tee – “Let The Jingle Bells Rock”

“Oh, you didn’t know Christmas went hip hop? Check the clock, and let the jingle bells rock”  Here’s another cut off the 1987 Christmas Rap compilation released by Profile Records. “Let The Jingle Bells Rock” is an original track by Sweet Tee, a female rapper from Queens most known for her 1988 debut album It’s Tee




Juice Crew All-Stars – “Cold Chillin’ Christmas”

Back in 1988, the Juice Crew released “Cold Chillin’ Christmas” as part of the Warner Bros. Records’ compilation Winter Warnerland. On the track, Juice Crew members Fly Ty, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shanté, and MC Shan spit some G-rated stories and raps about Christmas time. The track is rare, as I could not find an official download




“Santa’s Rap” skit from Beat Street

Here’s a first for this blog: a snippet from a movie! The following clip is from Beat Street (1984), a movie set in the Bronx following a group of friends who are all devoted to elements of early hip-hop culture: DJ-ing, break-dancing, and graffiti. Some background on this scene: the main character Kenny is not




Kurtis Blow – “Christmas Rappin'”

Ladies and gentlemen… your host Kris Kringle presents… the very first Christmas rap song ever released! Kurtis Blow’s classic “Christmas Rappin’” was released back in 1980 on the bonus disc of his (groundbreaking) debut album.




Run-DMC – “Christmas In Hollis”

The boys from Queens put out this gem way back in 1987. The intro is a bit long winded in my opinion, but stick through it: this one’s a classic! If you’re wondering what “Hollis” is, it’s the neighborhood of Queens, NY that Run-DMC grew up in.