I was prepared to ignore Kanye West's “Christmas In Harlem” entirely, but I caved and gave it a listen. Goddamn it Kanye, you sucker punched me with the “Just A Friend” drums.
I realize it's the giving season, but I already endured three months of cronie love on G.O.O.D. Friday tracks. Why did “Christmas In Harlem” have to rope in the DIP Set weed carriers? I commend Kanye for squeezing six rappers into six and a half minutes, but the holiday track could have benefited in leaving off CyHi Da Prince, Vado and Big Sean. Also, does placing DIP Set on a track about Harlem, excuse the glaring fact that Kanye probably has zero credibility in speaking on Christmas in the hood? Despite the questionable title, Kanye plays the roll of rap's Dean Martin, drunk off eggnog putting suggestive humor in his holiday act with “you've been a bad girl / give Santa three kisses / gave her the hot chocolate / she said it's deerricious” (yes, he squeezed in reindeer humor as well).