David Banner – “The Christmas Song”
Hip-hop can paint a bleak picture of Christmas at times, but there’s no example of this more severe than “The Christmas Song,” off of David Banner’s MTA2: Baptized In Dirty Water, released just two days before Christmas 2003. It begins with a child asking the track’s protagonist, “Daddy, why don’t I have any presents like the other kids? I’m hungry.” Banner then springs forth with this repeated chorus, “It’s wintertime and we still cannot find a job. We fill out application but you treat us like we’re slobs. So we rob and we steal. We just tryna get a meal, ‘cause it’s Christmas time and we’re broke again.” The verses follow suit, the basic point being that economic hopelessness – still relatable for many Americans nine years later – becomes more pronounced during this time of the year that emphasizes prosperity, which fuels crime.