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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 11 Most Confusing Christmas Albums of the Past Decade

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4. A Dipset X-mas 
Jim Jones (2006)

For those who have trouble keeping their mid-2000s rappers named Jones straight, Jim was the one who was "Ballin'," not the one who gave out his phone number ("Who? Mike Jones"). Why did the Harlem-based rapper make a Christmas album? We're not sure, but we're guessing it was to capitalize on his one-hit-wonder status. Regardless, who doesn't want to listen to instant classics like "Ballin' on X-mas" and "Dipset X-mas Time." At least he knows what he's known for, as the remix of his hit "We Fly High" is also on the album.


3. Snoop Dogg Presents: Christmas in tha Dogg House 
Snoop Dogg (2008)

We've never done Christmas with Snoop, but we're thinking that it's probably a pretty good time. For his Christmas album, Snoop isn't even featured on every track, letting some of his friends in the rap game take over for about half of the album. It's certainly not your grandmother's Christmas album, but listening to Snoop and Nate Dogg team up on songs like "Twas the Night Before Xmas" brings us back to the good ol' days of golden-age rap. Plus, how can you not want to hear a track called "A Pimp's Christmas Song" at least once?


2. Punk Rawk Christmas 
MxPx (2009)

Although many believe the skate-punk staple spent the better part of its career trying to distance itself from the early categorization as "Christian punk," it certainly embraced the Christmas theme with this December 2009 release. Plenty of pop-punk bands have put out Christmas songs, but few have committed an entire fourteen-song (sixteen if you got the limited edition) album to the holiday. Even though Mike Herrera was well into his thirties by the time the album was released, it still has that teenage humor and emotion that MxPx has been using for over twenty years.


1. A Colt 45 Christmas
Afroman (2006)

There's only one artist out there who would make an album full of Christmas parody songs like "Deck My Balls," "12 J's of X-Mas," and "O Chronic Tree." That's right, the West Coast rapper most famous for "Because I Got High" put out the Christmas album that you'll definitely never hear at a church's holiday party. It takes some effort to find a Christmas record that comes with a "Parental Advisory" sticker, but Afroman has done that and then some. Next time you're with one of those people who blast Christmas music obnoxiously loud in their car, pull this up on your phone instead.


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