DMX has covered ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’

'Tis the season

Shouty rapper DMX has unveiled a rather unexpected festive cover of classic Christmas song ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’.

The ‘Party Up (Up In Here)’ and ‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’ star’s left-field take on the classic Johnny Marks track comes following a viral video of DMX rapping the song, which took the internet by storm back in 2012. It’s since racked up over 4 million views on YouTube.

Now, five years on, he’s finally put the track to tape as part of Spotify’s new ‘Singles: Christmas’ playlist. Check out the original viral video, and the new recorded version, below.

Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer

Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer, a song by DMX, Divine Bars on Spotify

Earlier this year, DMX checked himself into rehab after cancelling multiple tour dates in California due to an unnamed “medical emergency.”

His manager, Pat Gallo, later confirmed that the rapper would be holding off from touring because of health concerns.

In a statement, Gallo said: “It is important right now that he take some time off to focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer,

“We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has poured in. We ask that you please keep X in your prayers as he embraces your support.”