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How A Christmas Song Launched The Career Of One Of Hip-Hop's Greatest Groups

It's the player's ball.

Hip-hop and Christmas carols don't always mix, and they don't ever launch multiplatinum careers, right? Wrong.

Before they scored with major hits like "Ms. Jackson," "Hey Ya" and "The Way You Move," OutKast made their rap debut with "Player's Ball," a pimped-out holiday gem on 1993's A LaFace Family Christmas compilation.

When Andre 3000 and Big Boi rereleased the single to include it on their 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, they switched up a few lyrics, to make it less Christmas-y, but the sleigh bells remained.

"The way it came about was, L.A. Reid called me and was like, 'LaFace has to do a Christmas album and now OutKast is on the label so I need your guys to turn in a Christmas song,'" the song's producer, Rico Wade, told earlier this year. "I thought, 'How the f--k are we gonna do a Christmas song? We're a rap group! How are we gonna get any respect?'"