DMX sings -- sort of -- ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’

DMX performs during the Rock the Bells Festival at the San Bernardino Nos Events Center in August.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In September, a good portion of the Internet lighted up with the news that DMX -- rapper, actor, one-time Ruff Ryder -- was somehow unfamiliar with Google, at least in the form the search engine takes on a computer screen.

Two months later, however, we can rest easy knowing that DMX’s curious pop-cultural ignorance does not extend to something nearly as ubiquitous as Google: Christmas carols.

In a video posted to YouTube on Monday, the rapper accepts a challenge at New York’s Power 105.1 FM to deliver “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” then proceeds to bark his way through the holiday standard with a charm we at Pop & Hiss didn’t know he had. What’s more, he accompanies himself by beating a tabletop in time to the music.


It’s worth noting that DMX spends most of the performance looking down, perhaps consulting the song lyrics he insists at the beginning of the video he doesn’t need.

But that’s a minor quibble for such a delightful yuletide treat. Seriously -- the dude kills it. Watch below.


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