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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Get Ready For Christmas With R. Kelly's Holiday Slap, "Christmas Party"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 1:10 PM

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If you've heard R. Kelly's summer slap "Backyard Party," then you'll recognize the tune in "Christmas Party" (and know that it's basically the same song but with different lyrics). Whatever, though, we're still bumping it over here at the Weekly office because a) it's a nice deviation from the standard holiday classics, and b) like all of R. Kelly's songs, it's damn catchy. Not only that, it's also funny (which you could also say about practically every R. Kelly song). Apparently on Christmas R. Kelly likes to reminisce "on old times / While drinking and playing Dominoes," and he even makes a comment about how "all the people here are so good looking."

The song paints a picture of a cheery, joyous family gathered around the Christmas tree, opening gifts, sharing old stories, and dining on mom's home cooking. And while this sounds cliche, it's sort of sweet, too. There's something charming and innocent about this song and the way R. Kelly sings "And I'm so full of joy / I feel like yeahhhhh / I feel like whoaaaaaa." Then again, he could just be saying this for the sake of the song and not really mean it, so maybe we should retract what we just wrote. Regardless, this song is sure to be playing in a number of households on Christmas morning, as families gather around the tree, open gifts, share old stories, and dine on mom's home cooking. 

One last thing: R. Kelly's 13th album, The Buffet, drops tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that. Or not. As The New York Times warns us, it's more about R. Kelly's favorite subject — sex — than it is cookouts and Christmas parties.

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