Monday, December 16, 2013

Murs & Curtiss King - "Christmas Rules Everything Around Me" (C.R.E.A.M.)

It's pretty safe to say that Hip-Hop doesn't exactly have the same type of strangle-hold on semi-traditional Christmas music that most other genres do; I mean, besides "Christmas In Hollis" and Peanut Butter Wolf's hand-selected Badd Santa "mixtape" (Stones Throw), I'm not really too familiar with a whole lot of Boom-Bap-infused yule tide carols. But with that said, Felt-affiliated and White Mandingos quasi-frontman Murs is a self-proclaimed Christmas nut who's "always wanted to make [an] X-mas song. ["Christmas Rules Everything Around Me"] is corny, it's silly, it's fun, and I LOVE it!" It's inherent acronym, C.R.E.A.M., is a stylistic send-up to Wu-Tang Clan's similarly-titled genre-defining 1994 banger. Rising Inland Empire-based producer Curtiss King conjured up a "so soulful, don't you agree" holiday-accented beat, while Murs laces up a couplet-filled tale of Christmases past: "This time of year, everybody feelin' chipper-y / Ain't nothin' like the holidays to bring you out your misery... My homegirl made tamales after midnight mass / everybody got a glass and this song won't last / The holiday spirit, you can hear it round the block / from November up until the New Year, it don't stop / Pop the top on that brandy and hand me a gift quick / Joy to the world, everybody; Merry Christmas!" Lest we forget, the last line of Murs' included holiday note reads, "PS: yes, this is the real Carter family Christmas card," which is featured at the top of this very post!

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