Just in Time for the Holidays: A Newly Recorded Version of the DMX Cover of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’

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Once upon a time during an appearance on New York’s Power 105.1 five years ago, DMX delivered a lively hip-hop rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”—much to the delight of everyone on the internet. It was the most glorious 1 minute, 9 seconds of holiday hip-hop that you have ever seen in your life.


In case you missed it, here is a review. DMX was asked if he knew the words to the Christmas classic, to which he responded yes. He was then asked if he would perform it, and without missing a beat, he began the song from its traditional beginning.

He provided his own accompaniment by beating on a table, and the hip-hop version of “Rudolph” was born, complete with DMX’s signature “Come on!” chant.

That was 2012, and the viral video has made the rounds every holiday season since then.

This year, fans of the DMX version are in for a special treat. A new version of the song is now featured on the “Spotify Singles: Holiday” 25-song playlist, which features other covers by artists such as Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Wyclef Jean and Wynton Marsalis.

The new version of DMX’s “Rudolph” is 1 minute, 37 seconds long and features an engineered hip-hop track rather than DMX beating on a table.

Listen to a bit of it below, and catch the full track on Spotify.


H/t to Okayplayer for the heads-up.

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I liked the 2012 impromptu version better than the new studio recorded version. But it reminded of this: