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Rapping Paper: The Hip-Hop Christmas Experience

Jim Jones – Intro
RUN-DMC – Christmas In Hollis
Jim Jones – Ballin’ On X-Mas
Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’
The Sugarhill Gang - Treacherous Three – X-Mas Rap
Cut Master D.C. – Santa’s Beat Box
Jim Jones – Dipset X-Mas Time
Ghostface Killah – Ghostface X-Mas
69 Boys – What I Want For Christmas
Eazy-E – Merry Mutha****** X-Mas
OutKast – Player’s Ball
Busy Boys – Funky Fresh Christmas
Nate Dogg – Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto
Jim Jones – If Everyday Was X-Mas
Cut Master D.C. – The Night Before Christmas
Kanye West ft. CyHi Da Prynce & Teyana Taylor– Christmas In Harlem
Jim Jones – Have A Happy Christmas
Rev Run & The Christmas All-Stars (Snoop Dogg, Ma$e, Puff Daddy, Salt N’ Pepa)  – Santa Baby
Juelz Santana – Christmas In The Ghetto
Busta Rhymes – Grinch 2000
Snoop Dogg – I Wish
Run DMC – Christmas Is
Jim Jones – Wish List
Ying Yang Twins – Deck Da Club
Juelz Santana – Christmas
Bootsy Collins ft. Snoop Dogg – Christmas Is 4 Ever
David Banner – The Christmas Song
Freekey Zeekey – On The First Day
Justin Bieber ft. Busta Rhymes – Drummer Boy
O.F.T.B. – Christmas In The Ghetto



For the last post of 2012, i thought i would expand upon what was done in 2011

 As you can see below in your timeline (which i just flooded) I picked through the best joints of the year for each letter of the alphabet.

I also threw that shit together on this shiny little UNT Spotify playlist.

Subscribe to it, and enjoy that shit.

Happy New Year.


MMM..FOOD - #FoodRaps: An UpNorthTrips Spotify Playlist.-*

So, when i started this playlist, I was aiming to get 50 rap tracks with food titles. Challenging?  Definitely., Doable? Without a doubt. 

As the process began putting songs together, the list began to spider out crazy! One list turned into two, two turned into three and eventually I had four solid lists.

Rather than putting all food-related songs into one list, I ended up sub-categorizing all the songs into other lists: First there was the obvious,  ‘tracks about food, but not with food names’ [Common - The Food, Dead Prez- Be Healthy].  Then it turned into ‘tracks about types of food’ [Goodie Mob - Soul Food, Biz Markie - Chinese Food]. Then i got thirsty and thought wait..what about  ‘tracks about drinks’ [Snoop - Gin and Juice, Nas - Cherry Wine]. I finally realized I was spending way too much time doing this when i began 'soul/rnb tracks about desserts' [D’Angelo - Brown Sugar, 112 - Peaches & Cream]

So obviously there’s a lot of legs for this type of shit, if people are interested in it, and there’s definitely a  possibility of more lists dropping in the future on  #FoodRapsFridays.

So i fell short on my goal of 50 songs, and ended up with a list of 41. I wanna make it a solid list of 50 joints (nine more songs to go) so I’m asking yall to drop me a line and add on any other joints I may missed, or ideas for any of these lists!


*-This list would’ve easily passed 50 tracks if Spotify included Action’s or Meyhem’s catalog, however it doesn’t (someone needs to get on that).



#SpotiFriday: Our favorite @Spotify Playlists of the Week

Ok, so i haven’t see anything like this done on any other site i figured i’d take a stab at it.  

Last week after I put together another UNT Spotify Playlist, #MMM..Food, which was basically just a list full of food-titled rap joints. I got a crazy response. Folks emailed, commented, inbox’ed suggestions and it went so well, that I thought i would start a weekly playlist put together every Friday.

Ha! That didn’t happen, however, as I was poking around Spotify I began to find all these super-dope, creatively themed playlists that other people had already completed.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the idea crossed my mind to pull a jack-move and just  steal the track lists, creating my own playlist and put it out as original. But if you know me, you should know i don’t play that shark-biting shit….ANYWAY…

What I decided to do  instead was to commend those who put in the work, and simply curate a play list of playlists (how meta).  So instead of putting together my own playlists, Every Friday I will put together a short list of  creatively dope Spotify selections, instead of just putting together my  own mixes. So welcome to the first of hopefully a weekly column called #SpotiFriday.

So here it is. Bong.

Songs About Compton by Brad McCormick

30 West-Coast bangers name-dropping LA’s most notorious hood. This list is a great audio compliment right after you’ve watched egotripland’s great 15 Rap Videos Dedicated to the City of Compton.  To be fair though, no Compton list is complete without Tim Dog’s ‘Fuck Compton’. RIP

Rap Samples from TV by Thomas Michael Chavarria

How about a playlist full of TV theme songs and their rap-sampled counterparts, put together in order! Now, i’m sure this isn’t a complete library of EVERY single one, but dude went in and covered some of the great ones. Which rapper do you think sampled TV shows the most? I’ll let you find out…

Ayo My Dipset Taliban by Steven Rodriguez

Eastside Stevie aka A$AP Yams aka Lil’ Newport is never scared to proclaim his love for everything Dip Set. El Capitán of the A$AP Mob put together the illy soundtrack of Diplomat chunes to navigates through the Harlem streets, by throwing over 200 Dipset joints, from album cuts, unreleased gems, and hard-to-find freestyles into this playlist.

Music from the TV Show Entourage (All Seasons) by Scott Vener

Curated by the man behind the music of Entourage, himself, Scott Vener (@brokemogul)  This playlist is a must-listen to any fan of the show. Whether it was that perfect song in the background of one of those classic Ari Gold rant scenes of the song you never knew the name of that rolled over the end credits, they’re all here. 

The Funkiest Song Ever? by SD Hox

I figured for the last list of the week, i’d switch it up a bit, and showcase some non Hip-Hop for datazz. Here’s 200+ tracks from the 60s,70s,80s, and 90s that are without a doubt, ‘funkier than Haitian underarms’. That’s word to Reggie Noble.


#SpotiFriday: Our favorite @Spotify Playlists of the Week Part Deux.

Back at it like a crack addict with round two of #SpotiFriday. Last week we set shit off with a weekly segment that showcases creative spotify playlists. There’s nothing new this time around, more playlists, more heat. 

Peep Game.

Stax Samples by Brad McCormick

Let’s take it back to the classics…To jump this week off, we start it off with the classics that made your favorite joints your favorite joints. From Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding to The Dramatics and Booker T & The MG’s, these Stax artists were the blueprint of Southern Soul and also the building blocks for some of rap’s classic joints.

The Rocafella Years by Def Jam Records

Def Jam has put together a string of dope spotify playlists. This one is a good collection of joints from the Rocafella artists featuring everyone from Jay and ‘Ye to Free and the Young Gunners (even Bleek makes an appearance).

High School High (Fall ‘93-Summer ‘97) by Noah Callahan-Bever

Pretty much a highlight of everyone’s my cassette tape collection from seventh grade through my first year in college.

A Brief Guide to Understanding Native Tongue by Birgitta Bellman

The title pretty much sums it up. 40 joints of all things Native, from Tribe and JB’s, Now i hate to be the one to complain about free music, but where the fidduck are the De La joints? 

Breaking Bad - The Comprehensive Collection (Season 1-5) by Chris Hill

All the music that’s fit to cook a batch of meth to.


#SpotiFriday: Our favorite @Spotify Playlists of the Week

It’s time to get excited for another edition of  #SpotiFriday. I’m amped to let yall know that this idea is catching on and you can expect  more dope, hand-picked playlists.

I’ve been speaking behind the scenes with some good folks who are interested in getting more involved with #SpotiFridays and will be submitting some special playlists, which we’ll have the privledge of world  premiering. 

For now, as it’s been for the last two weeks, I’ve been combing through Spotify to find these lists on my own. By getting some  The goal is to ask some respected folks to come up with a concept and put together their own hand-crafted, highly-conceptualized list. 

Bling Like The Neptune Sound by Yours Truly

On Skateboard P’s 40th bornday, I was going to throw together a list of the dopest Phar-real/Neptune beats, but found that shit to be way overwhelming. What I did instead was gave yall the blueprint to slap together your own 40 joints, and put together this list of 250+ of the Neptunes finest.

Flute Loops by Thomas Michael Chavarria

Micro-segmenting hip-hop’s ocean of sampled material into samples by artist, or album or label is cool, but how about instrument? That’s exactly what this is. All the samples from these selected cuts are based around one sound. LET THE FLUTES BREATHE.

…. feat. Devin The Dude by Brad McCormick

Just as the title states.. 70 tracks of Devin. From dope Devin features, to rare(r) verses, and mixtape cuts, this mix has everything you need.

Dr. Dre in 125 Beats | A Career Chronology by Saul van Staple

Brought to you by our sponsors #SpotiFriday Playlists By Dre.

…and all the pieces matter, Five Years of Music From The Wire by The Wire

We did it for Entourage. We did it for Breaking Bad. Now comes the grand-daddy of all TV Shows. The Wire. Not as extensive of a collection as I had hoped at only 35 songs, but as an addendum, I’m including Beyond Hamsterdam, Baltimore Tracks from The Wire.