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Mixtape Mondays: DJ Brainchild "A Very Okayplayer Christmas"

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.DJ Brainchild "A Very Okayplayer Christmas"

As we wrap up Mixtape Mondays for the year on this Christmas Eve, we're proud to present the fourth in the Okayplayer exclusive mixtape series:  A Very Okayplayer Christmas by DJ Brainchild. By this point in the holiday season, we've probably heard traditional carols like "Jingle Bells" enough that once more might send us into a violent rage. We've carefully avoided any such potential trigger moments on this mix thanks to a selection of songs that places modern originals from TLC, Killer Mike, Black Milk & Melanie Rutherford, and Kanye West next to fresh takes on the classics by Cee Lo Green, I.N.T., Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, as well as an update of "The Night Before Christmas" from Aretha Franklin.

It might not be totally appropriate to have playing during Christmas dinner, but we guarantee it'll be good for the drive over the river and through the woods to Grandma's crib.


01. An Aqua Teen Introduction

02. Jimmy Smith "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Oh No Remix)

03. Rotary Connection "If Peace Was All We Had"

04. Stevie Wonder / I.N.T. "One Little Christmas Tree" / "Christmas Trees"

05. Dana Dane "Dana Dane Is Coming To Town"

06. Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra "O Come All Ye Faithful"

07. Isaac Hayes "The Mistletoe And Me"

08. Scoopy "A Scoopy Rap"

09. Aretha's Phone Call Interlude

10. The Jackson 5 "Up On The Housetop"

11. Aretha's Night Before Christmas Interlude

12. Timebomb "Each X-mas (Same Ol' S**t)"

13. Mr. Lif "Santa's Got A Muthaf**kin' Uzi"

14. Killer Mike "A Christmas Grind"

15. The Supremes "My Favorite Things"

16. Kanye West "Christmas In Harlem"

17. Lou Rawls "Christmas Will Really Be Christmas"

18. Harvey Averne Band "Let's Get It Together This Christmas"

19. Tha Dogg Pound "I Wish"

20. Ice Cube Commercial Break

21. James Brown / I.N.T. "Hey America" / "Christmas Time"

22. Funk Machine "Soul Santa"

23. The Emotions "Black Christmas"

24. The Treacherous Three "X-mas Rap"

25. Master P & C Murder "Christmas In Da Ghetto"

26. Clarence Carter "Back Door Santa"

27. A WonderFul Holiday interlude

28. Paul McCartney & Wings "Wonderful Christmastime"

29. Black Milk & Melanie Rutherford "Simply Having"

30. TLC "All I Want For Christmas"

31. Cee-Lo Green "This Christmas"


Artwork byDennis de Groot