’Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house,
Your little bro’s iPod was blaring,
And (ugh) it was Deadmau5.
Crank up tuneage that’s more your speed with this hip-hop playlist from Passion of the Weiss editor-in-chief/L.A. Weekly columnist Jeff Weiss.
Consider it rap to wrap by (sorry, had to).
“Hanukkah Song,” by Too Short
(Worth the price of listening just to hear the “Gettin It” rapper say “pinching tuchus.”)
“Hit Me,” by Mystikal
(Like someone on a roller coaster conducting a funk orchestra.)
“Sorry,” by T.I., featuring André 3000
(With Outkast on permanent hiatus, André drops the most enjoyable mea culpa you’ll hear all year.)
“Temptation (Remix),” by Big K.R.I.T., featuring Juicy J and Waka Flocka Flame
(Christmas temptation in all its forms — food, spending, and ballin’.)
“1991,” by Azealia Banks
(Best enjoyed with a croissant and cafe au lait.)
“Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” by Kendrick Lamar
(A reminder that forgiveness and eschewing vibe killing are two of the more important things you can do during the holiday season.)
“Watchu Want from Me?,” by Homeboy Sandman
(If you like ’90s New York hip-hop, The Roots, and a positive message, this is your jam.)
“Between Friends,” by Flying Lotus, featuring Captain Murphy and Earl Sweatshirt
(Jazzy underground ideal for chilling with a shaman, eating ramen in a parking lot.)
“In the A,” by Big Boi, featuring Ludacris and T.I.
(Booming Southern rap for cruising in a Coupe de Ville with spinners or at least while wrapping the toy version.)
Photo: Timothy Saccenti / Courtesy of Flying Lotus