It was five long years ago than an off-the-cuff video of DMX improvising a decidedly DMX-y cover of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” during a radio visit went viral, so it’s sort of surprising it took this damn long to become an actual thing. But it has; the Ruff Ryders MC has released an official, authorized version of the holiday perennial, and it’s a welcome addition to the long tradition of holiday tracks that are absolutely bonkers.
DMX: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Frankly, the best thing about the DMX “Rudolph” is that it’s an unthinkable mix that actually kinda-sorta weirdly works. The song isn’t just a Christmas favorite, but a playground standby, and the best DMX tracks often have exactly the kind of sing-songy quality that he keys in on here. Plus, pretty dope beat.