| December 23, 2013
Run The Jewels – A Christmas Fucking Miracle


Attempting to fuse rap and Christmas music is a veritable rite of passage for hip hop musicians. Run DMC, OutKast, Kanye and of course Snoop Dogg have all tried their hand over the years. It’s appropriate, therefore, that one of this year’s best new hip hop acts, the dynamic duo of Killer Mike and El-P known as Run the Jewels, take a crack at it for themselves in “A Christmas Fucking Miracle.”

The bromance between the two started when El-P produced Mike’s last album, R.A.P. Music, and Mike appeared on El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure release. Both darlings of the underground rap scene, working together was both obvious and genius. Since then, they have acted like twins separated at birth, playing off each other’s style and humor. The group’s built-in irreverence for, well, just about everything, mixed with a pastiche of vintage Christmas imagery gives the video a playfully surreal quality. It features their darkly twisted sense of humor, sprinkled with racial politics and fatalistic musings, mixed alongside tacky mall Santas and Christmas themed frames. Despite its tongue in cheek approach, one can’t help but feel a bit of the Christmas spirit watching these two fool around like long lost, ADD-riddled siblings in front of a camera. Check out the video above.