From Chance the Rapper to Bob Dylan: Atypical Christmas Albums

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If you’re sick of hearing Mariah Carey’s whistling everywhere you go, maybe it’s time to change the soundtrack in your household this holiday season. Here are five alternative festive albums to lift your Christmas spirits!

 

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” – Vince Guaraldi Trio (1965)

 

You don’t even need to watch the television special to appreciate this beloved holiday album. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” features original compositions co/written by Guaraldi such “Christmas Time is Here” and “Linus and Lucy”, and covers of popular anthems like “O Tannenbaum”. The album’s take on jazz introduced the genre to a whole new generation and even influenced aspiring musicians like David Benoit. Even if the album came out over 50 years ago, the Vince Guaraldi Trio will animate your holiday season.

 

“Christmas on Death Row” (1996)

 

Got a really conservative relative you want take the piss out of? Try blasting “Christmas on Death Row”, a compilation album from Suge Knight, The D.O.C., and Dr. Dre’s hip hop record label Death Row. Listen to the likes of Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and Michel’le spice up your crusty Christmas. Throw out your typical partridge in a pear tree and opt for a sack of krazy glue, courtesy of Uncle Snoop. Maybe that’ll teach your closed relatives to calm down with the racist and sexist remarks while having dinner.

 

 

“Christmas In The Heart” – Bob Dylan (2009)

 

When the news first broke out about a Bob Dylan holiday album, it seemed like a bad joke. If this is the first time you’ve heard of the said album existing then you’re probably on the same boat. After all, how can the same man in the “We Are the World” meme add Christmas cheer?

 

 

Well, “Christmas In The Heart” will prove you wrong. His legendary musician status doesn’t automatically make his holiday album a typical one. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. His renditions of “Winter Wonderland” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” stand out the most because of their ability to still be enjoyable while moving away from the smooth archetypal covers we’re used to hearing. Bob Dylan’s throaty vocals might scare you a little bit but knowing that he’s singing from the heart is enough to look past that.

 

 

“Kaskade Christmas” – Kaskade (2017)

 

The DJ/producer is best known for creating some of the best house bangers but in all honesty, “Kaskade Christmas” isn’t bad at all. It’s armed with 13 tracks that features prominent vocalists like Skylar Grey and Dia Frampton on both traditional holiday tracks and two holiday originals. He challenged himself to produce songs he’s grown up with and turn them into something new and modernβ€”a feat he accomplished.

 

 

“Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama: ReWrapped” – Chance the Rapper and Jeremih (2017)

 

Everyone was down with Chance “Father/Zaddy” the Rapper and Jeremih’s holiday album last year and our wishes came true when they announced a follow up! “Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama: ReWrapped” features nine additional songs on top of last year’s mixtape. The pair visited local radio station Power 92 Chicago for the album’s debut and performed the song “Ms Parker” on Monday night local time. To make the holidays even better, they uploaded the whole thing on SoundCloud and is available for free download on his official website. Merry Chancemas, indeed!

 

 

 

 

Consider this list U DO U’s Christmas gift this year. Now go blast these albums on your speakers for an unforgettable (however you want to make it out to be) holiday season!

 

Featured image from Billboard

 

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Along with being U DO U's Editor-in-Chief, Sophie enjoys lugging her analogue cameras around to capture unalterable moments. When away from the office you can find her either stuck in a near-death situation on the Central Cordillera Mountains, vibing with the waves of Liwliwa, or on a flight back home to Hong Kong. Find out what she's up to on Instagram @sophiecaraan_ and say hello!

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