Best Christmas Song Ever! Lil Jon & the Kool-Aid Man Make History

It’s the time of year when Christmas music is playing everywhere you go. Popular recording artists are cashing in on the lucrative holiday. New versions of classic Christmas songs seem to appear almost daily. Lil Jon stands out in the crowd this year, taking “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” to a whole new level.

Lil Jon and The Kool-Aid Man create the best Christmas song ever

Lil Jon has teamed up with The Kool-Aid Man. That’s right, the big red walking pitcher of juice from your childhood. The new release, “All I Really Want for Christmas“, has become an instant internet sensation. The viral video begins with traditional “Nutcracker” music playing. Lil Jon is sipping on cherry juice when suddenly The Kool-Aid Man breaks through the wall shouting, “Oh Yeah!”. Three minutes of contagious crunk style Christmas music ensues.

What is crunk?

Lil Jon coined the term crunk, which translates to crazy high energy fun. He combined his Southern hip-hop roots with electronic dance beats. He uses his legendary throaty growls to create catchy repetitive vocal chants. Drum machine sounds, with a prominent bass, lends to this high energy style of rap music. In 2004, Lil Jon released his chart-topping album, “Crunk Juice”. Other albums include, “Kings of Crunk”, “Get Crunk”, and “We Still Crunk”.

Who is Lil Jon?

Lil' Jon posing with the Eastside Boyz and holding up a can of Crunk Juice

Rapper Lil’ Jon poses with the Eastside Boyz | Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Born in 1971 as Jonathan Mortimer Smith, Lil Jon is a well-known rapper, actor,  and producer. He started his career as a DJ in the Atlanta hip hop scene. His passion for music took him to an Atlanta based record label where he built a prominent career as an A&R rep. In 1995, the group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz was formed. Together they released several albums through 2004. His greatest hits include “Get Low”, “Snap Yo Fingers”, and “Turn Down for What”.

Oh Yeah!

The Kool-Aid Man has been breaking through walls since 1974. This television commercial classic always involves thirsty children yelling “Hey, Kool-Aid!“. The big, red smiling pitcher of juice responds by crashing through walls and saying his catchphrase “Oh, Yeah!”. Lil Jon has also broken a few walls of his own, winning the 2004 Grammy award for his part in “Yeah!“. He teamed up with Usher and Ludacris to win Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Oh Yeah, seems like The Kool-Aid Man and Lil Jon have something in common after all.

‘All I Really Want For Christmas’

According to the ageless classic, all children want for Christmas is their two front teeth. All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas is you.  But, what Lil Jon wants for Christmas is everything on his list, baby. On December 13, 2018, Lil Jon dropped the rowdy new Christmas song and music video, “All I Really Want for Christmas”.

Feliz Navidad / No Eggnog / More Kool-Aid

One of the best parts of this hilarious video is when Lil Jon pours a pitcher full of eggnog into the kitchen sink. The Kool-Aid Man looks on as Lil Jon chants, “No Eggnog, more Kool-Aid”. The Kool-Aid Man then breaks out into a “Jingle Bells” riff, made up entirely of “oh yeah”.

Oh, oh yeah

Oh, oh yeah

Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah

(sung in the tune of Jingle Bells)

Why Christmas music?

Fans are loving this new song, that already has over 100,000 views on YouTube. On Twitter, fans of the new song are claiming to be “aggressively jolly”. Lil Jon told Rolling Stone Magazine, “I’ve been wanting to do a Christmas song for forever. I could never get the right inspiration to get it done though … I wanted to do something fun for young and old, and I think that mission is accomplished.”

What’s on Lil Jon’s wish list?

In the music video, Lil Jon holds up a Wish List of what he really, really wants for Christmas. That list includes old-school vinyl records, turntables, DJ headphones, bling, diamond grill, huge flat screen TV, and a set of fly rims. With the positive response on social media, looks like Santa might just bring Lil Jon what he really, really wants.