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    Kurtis Blow – “Christmas Rappin’”

    Initially, hip-hop was seen as a novelty by the general public, which suited the brief market presence of a Christmas song perfectly. So it makes sense that Kurtis Blow’s first single – and the first rap song released on a major label – was “Christmas Rappin’,” a studio-bred creation that allowed Blow to overcome his nervousness onstage. Over a disco interpolation fairly typical of the era, Blow declares, “Don’t you give me all that jive about things you wrote before I was alive, ‘cause this ain’t 1823, ain’t even 1970,” making a clear distinction between this and the Christmas songs that came before. Blow goes on to describe Santa visiting his neighborhood, but not just blessing the children with gifts – “Grownups got some presents too; a new TV and a stereo.”