I suppose it’s worth having the album, but I’m afraid that mainly I would suggest cherry-picking from TobyMac’s Christmas in Diverse City. TobyMac, the Christian hip hop/pop artist formerly with DC Talk, brings together his Diverse City friends to create a beat-pop selection of Christmas tunes.
Grab SuperHErose’ “Birth of Love,” a truly inspired bit of song bringing together a Christmas party, the and the ultimate meaning of Jesus being born. The song jams along like a sparkling disco ball, but the chorus holds so much more than you might first here: “Let’s celebrate the birth of love/It’s your birthday/It’s a new day/It’s the true way in His love.” So throw your hands up, have a birthday party for Jesus, and recognize Him as Savior of the world.
You may also want to grab “Carol of the Kings” by DJ Maj featuring Gabe Real and Liquid. A dark jam on “Carol of the Bells,” DJ Maj brings out the reality of Christmas that leads to the “remedy for sin.”
Finally, check out the Lenny Kravitz-like “It Snowed” from Tim Rosenau. There’s some nice guitar and bass work here for some funk Christmas rock.
OK, and I tried to resist it, but I actually found myself grooving on Toddiefunk’s “Santa’scomin’baka’round!” It’s kind of a combination of Morris Day & the Time, Fishbone, and Prince.
Last year’s “Christmas This Year” shows up as the opening track featured Sixpence None the Richer’s Leigh Nash. It’s an acoustic guitar loop and snowglobe kind of song, readymade for a video of kids dancing around TobyMac and/or a Target commercial. Still it’s a fine romp. “Mary’s Boy Child,” a sing-songy tune ripe for inclusion in a children’s program, gets saved by the soulful contribution of Jamie Grace. The rap “This Christmas (Father of the Fatherless)” featuring Nirva Ready spins a good vibe, lifting up the idea of reaching out to those down-and-out, although the sound bite of children doing spoken word may have been unnecessary.