So it's no surprise that the fresh take on the old Christmas classic, "12 Days of Christmas" by the 3DC Kids is getting a lot of buzz in the Twin Cities. Performed by Dameon "Dame Jones" Jones, 14 – lead rapper from the 2012 hit, "Hot Cheetos & Takis," Devon "D.J." Johnson, 13, D'antanie "D.T." Johnson, 11, and Chris "Chrisss" Baraja, 11, the hip-hop, kid-friendly remix of the Christmas classic is quickly becoming an instant hit this holiday season.
"It's a song that tells you to be thankful and not to be greedy," said Jones, an 8th grader at Nellie Stone Johnson in Minneapolis. "I'm thankful for my mom, dad, sister, family and musical talent."
The catchy number uses the same formula as the original "12 Day," asking for various gifts on the 12 days of Christmas, but the wish list consist of items such as a PS4 game console, a bicycle, new shoes, chores being done, to become president and better health for family members. The lyrics were written by J Isaac, who also produced the track that's receiving airplay on KMOJ and has nearly 10,000 YouTube views.
"The kids at my school go wild when they hear it, yelling 'ho, ho, ho (which is a part of the catchy song's hook)," said Baraja, who is a 6th grader at East Middle School in Plymouth.
"We're about to get the whole U.S. listening to this," said Devon Johnson, who cited 2 Chainz and Minneapolis born rapper, B Dot Croc as his favorite hip-hop artists. "She (B Dot Croc) used to be one of our after school teachers," he said.
While the "12 Days of Christmas" is Jones' second time around with a hit record – "Hot Cheetos & Takis" was a YouTube sensation with more than 7.7 million views – this is the first time recording for the Johnson brothers and Baraja.
"I've been rapping for a while," said D'antanie Johnson. "We have a program at our school (Nellie Stone Johnson) called Beats and Rhymes where we learn how to think of stuff to rap about and how to write songs."
"I've been rapping since I was 6-years-old," said Baraja. "I have a style where I laugh when I rap and somehow it mixes in."
The song was recorded over two three-hour sessions a few months back.
"The first day we weren't focused, but the second time we knocked it out," said Devon Johnson, who wants to be a lawyer and a rapper. "But I'm not going to be like a lot of rappers talking trash. I want to be more positive."
The group is working on a follow-up single and is set to perform at various gigs around town. They will be hosting a toy drive and performing Dec. 14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Brooklyn Center, 6300 Earle Brown Dr., and will be distributing the toys to St. Joseph's Hospital on Dec. 24.
For more information on the 3DC Kids, visit their official website, www.3DCKids.com.