​DMX's 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer' Cover Is Christmas Gold

One of the best bits about Christmas is the fun, tacky soundtrack that comes along for the ride, from old school classics like Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' and Dean Martin's 'Let It Snow' through to all-out anthem 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey and Wham's bittersweet 'Last Christmas'. Not forgetting, of course, the one that's been crowned the best Christmas song ever, The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York'.

Now there's a new one for the list - a slightly unexpected one, we'll admit - with DMX's remix of that ol' childhood classic, 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer'.

DMX officially released the song on 29 November, just in time for shopping malls and offices across the country to dust off the Christmas playlist. It was uploaded to Spotify as part of a festive singles series, which also includes covers from Wyclef Jean, Lalah Hathaway, Fifth Harmony, Sam Smith and others.

But DMX and Rudolph actually go way back; you may remember a video of him rapping the song in 2012, which quickly went viral. The original version transpired when someone asked DMX to recite the lyrics to the enduring Christmas tune during an interview.

That, DMX did, surprising everyone by also creating his own beat on a nearby table, and even becoming his very own hype man, shouting 'Come on!' every few bars. All in all, it was an absolute banger, and since the footage surfaced it's managed to rack up a whopping 4 million views on YouTube.

It was only a matter of time before the instant classic became official, and now DMX pads out a slightly empty back catalogue of Christmas-themed rap - the most famous being Run DMX's Christmas in Hollies. We're glad there's more to bob our heads to this festive season.

It's definitely a bold move, taking on such a classic that's been with all of us since childhood, but if anyone was going to it well,it was always going to be DMX. Now get us a table so we can bash out the beat. What's next? 'Frosty the Snowman (Deep House Remix)'? 'Little Donkey (Dark Garage Mix)'?

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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