Merry Christmas, Beeyotch!

Forget caroling. Here are a few hip hop jammy-jams to warm your yule log.

Christmas Spirit? Absolutely. After all, Christmas is about giving, and these twins are more than willing to give itto you anyway (and anywhere) they can!

"The Christmas Song," David Banner.Banner, a larger-than-life MC from Mississippi with a raspy, Old Testament growl and a long history of pain and oppression planted on his shoulders, has spent his career reconciling the urges of his inner demons with his more noble ambitions. "The Christmas Song," taken from his 2003 album MTA:2, is a perfect example of Banner working out his personal contradictions. Over a sampled melody of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," Banner plays at once both the devil -- robbing victims at gunpoint -- and a saint, delivering the spoils to the underprivileged children. Scrooge's ghosts would be proud.

Christmas Spirit?It really depends on whose shoes you're standing in. Banner is either a modern-day Robin Hood or a stone-cold thug.

So as you can see, kids, these songs say more about the current state of Christmas in America than anything you're likely to hear over the Macy's PA system. This is only a partial list, but it should set you on your way to a holiday meant for all of us, whether we have been naughty or nice.

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