For a time it seemed as if Kanye West was everywhere, especially so in 2010 when not even the season of goodwill could escape his gaze. But for all that a few moments in the company of ‘Christmas In Harlem’ will have even the doubters acknowledge that the hip-hop star sure is one talented guy. We’ll admit that for most of the time hip-hop is not our thing and before ‘Christmas In Harlem’ the only Christmas song from his genre that had us shaking our booty was Run-D.M.C.’s classic ‘Christmas in Hollis’. But West’s song is a proper Christmas effort and is deserving of its place on the best December playlists.
‘Christmas In Harlem’ was initially released as a free download as part of West’s GOOD Friday series. Teyana Taylor’s vocals appear throughout as do that of rapper Cyhi the Prynce and West himself. The song uses various samples including 2 from Marvin Gaye tracks which give the number a classic feel and while there are some nods and winks to adult behaviour the lyrics are for the most part just a celebration of the wonderfulness of the season. ‘Christmas In Harlem’ has somewhat evolved over time from its initial 2010 incarnation to include more verses and more contributors including West’s close associates Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Pusha T and Big Sean.Author: Kevin