Okay, so I’m cheating a bit. However, I love love love how these two songs are on the opposite side of the Christmas spectrum. Plus, they’re both still bops.
On the more romantic side of things, we’ve got Reeny Smith’s “Dear Santa.” Smith’s vocals caught my ears because they remind me a bit of Toni and Tamar Braxton. Yes, I meant both of them–and yes, I meant at once. It’s a beautiful song that’s in the “all I want for Christmas is you” vein of thinking. It’s got a very beautiful vibe to it, because it’s a love song. However, it’s not hokey in its approach. In fact, Smith’s vocals and songwriting keep this one from falling into that category. Plus, the simple beat helps to highlight her vocals that much more. If you’re like me, you want that special someone to cuddle up with around the holidays–even if it’s only for a few minutes. Endorphins are important, especially during the holidays. So if you’re in the mood for a Christmas love song, check this one out.
If you’re less about (just) love and are more on your BAWSED UP, “I’m a fly dresser” tip with a bit of raunchiness attached, there’s something for you too today. That something would be “Wishlist” from Ohio rap duo PM. It’s like if City Girls and Megan made a Christmas song that wasn’t exactly a Christmas song. I originally intended to post this just on my IG. However, I changed my mind because I remembered something. Christmas jams can come in various forms. Not everything’s got to be lovey-dovey. Sometimes, you want to turn up on Christmas or be on your thuggish ruggish bone. I mean, Christmas on Death Row was a thing and it had some slappers on there–even though it wasn’t the traditional Christmas jams. “Wishlist” falls into that category. If you know you’re the ish and want a “Santa” to show how much they think you’re the ish, I’d recommend this one.
Christmas music is great because there’s no real one-size-fits-all philosophy about it. There’s a lot of leeway in what can be considered a Christmas song. Heck, we’ve got “Crabs for Christmas” as a thing (hi Baltimore), so all bets are off. Check out these two very different Christmas cuts above and support dope music in all its forms.