Hip-hop isn't exactly the most festive or friendly music in the world. Yeah, there's a smattering of Christmas rap songs — although Run-DMC's “Christmas In Hollis” really isn't that good — but on the whole, the genre has shunned the lure of the extended holiday season. But don't despair! Rappers never waste an opportunity to shout out thanks to their cohorts and colleagues, sometimes devoting entire songs to the gesture. So with Thanksgiving imminent — and with the holiday being some sort of turkey-themed celebration of gratitude — here's a heart-warming round-up of hip-hop songs that give thanks.
5. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, “Another Special Announcement”
The original “Special Announcement” saw Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff very genially thanking those people who'd helped them to make their debut album, Rock The House (two ladies named Tina and Gina received special attention). Come the time for the follow up, “Another Special Announcement,” and the duo turned the session into a call-and-response session, shouting out crew members like Ready Rock C and their bodyguard Charlie Mack. Too damn hype!