DMX: hip-hop legend, gravelly-voiced rapper slash actor, shouter of the word ‘WHAT’, fan of a good growl. What’s not to love about the man? Is it possible, even, to love him any more?

Well, yes, actually, because he has done something that makes him infinitely more lovable than before. I now love DMX more than I did just a few hours ago, and I already liked him quite a bit, I’ll have you know.

But what has he done? Before we get down to it, first off we must revisit his live rendition of the Christmas classic ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ – a gift given to us back in 2012 when he appeared on New York’s Power 105.1 radio. Put on a Christmas jumper and soak this up:

 

Brilliant, what a banger. But not as much of a banger as the song I’m about to show you, because the Lord saw fit to record the song officially and stick it up on Spotify for the masses to consume. And consume we did, many times, in this office. And now it’s your turn:


 

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all2

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games5

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight

Then how all the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
You’ll go down in history

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows,
And all of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names,
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games,

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight

Then how all the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
You’ll go down in history

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows,
And all of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names,
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games,

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight

 

 

 

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