Busta Rhymes Drags “The Little Drummer Boy” Into The Twitter Age


“Drummer Boy,” another song from the forthcoming Justin Bieber Yuletide album Under The Mistletoe, has made its way online; a rework of the classic hymn “The Little Drummer Boy,” it’s been retrofitted with sharper drums and rap verses to make it sound like it could be dropped into top-40 stations’ playlists at any time, and not just during their annual “24 Hours Of Christmas” marathons. Busta Rhymes, our Best Male Vocalist in New York, lends a verse that yanks the holiday-season staple out of its staid manger-in-Jerusalem setting and into late 2k11, sending out love to his 678,000-plus Twitter followers (and, one presumes, the nearly 14 million tracking the Biebs’ every 140-character bleat) and informing listeners that he still uses a Blackberry. (For his part, Bieber—with a deeper voice—does advise his listeners to give to charity on his somewhat adept rap verse.) The song, and a transcription of Busta’s verse is below. And yes, rhyming “off” with “off” does take some points, er, off:

At the table wit’ the family, havin’ dinner
Blackberry on the hip, and then it gave a little flicker
Then I took a look to see before it activates the ringer
Came to realize the homie Bieber hit me on the Twitter
Then I get ‘im back despite I had some food up on my fingers
Sippin’ eggnog, wit’ a little sprinkle of vanilla
Even though it’s kinda cold, I’m pullin’ out a chinchilla
Bieber hit me back and said “Let’s make it hot up in the winter”
I said “Cool” (Cool), you know I’ma deliver
Let’s collaborate and make the holiday a little bigger
Before we work, I gotta get this off
See the other family members and drop gifts off
Then I’m headed to the studio ’cause ain’t nothin’ stoppin’ how
You know we ’bout turn it up and really get it poppin’ now
People everywhere, and all our Twitter followers
Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah!

Thanks to the always-reliable Andy Hutchins for the quick transcription. Happy Halloween! Here is Justin’s rework of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” as an added bonus:

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