This right here…this is something. Yes, you’re reading that right; the ruff ryding rapper who once plead guilty to thirteen counts of animal cruelty, DMX, just dropped Christmas 2k17’s most wtf moment, his rendition of the timeless classic “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.”
Released as part of Spotify’s Christmas covers collection, this X’d out adaption is both fascinating, in the same way nineteen car pileups are, and startling, in that you may actually find yourself loving the hot take. But it’s actually not all that surprising when you read up on the history behind his kinship with the holiday tune. Nearly five years ago, during a spur of the moment freestyle for Power 105.1, DMX spat a near flawless version.
Since then it has taken on the life of a holiday meme in some circles, so to see it resurfacing now in an official capacity may be alarming to some purists but hilariously refreshing to a more open-minded listener. Make of it what you will with a stream below and be sure to check out Spotify’s other one-off covers playlist: