Sunday, December 11, 2022

A Christmas miracle with Koriass

Québec rapper Koriass is getting in on the Christmas spirit this year with a re-streamed version of ‘Miracle sur la Rue des Saules’ (‘Miracle on Rue des Saules’), originally released in November 2013 on the album 'Rue des Saules'. According to Québec's Lapresse newspaper, the song was re-released in 2020 with some recutting, but it’s now available everywhere, which makes it worth revisiting. On Instagram, Koriass told his followers that the song was gathering dust in the attic of the interwebs and it was time to put it on the ‘streamers’ (I made this Christmas pun up, my gift to you).

The lyrics describe an all too familiar Québec Christmas, complete with a tipsy relative, the relative you hate but have to invite, disappointing gifts, great word play about Elvis being the King but Jesus being the real King, and some English mixed in, all performed with a huge helping of humour. Koriass has won a lot of Canadian music awards and is often lauded as one of the best Canadian rappers ever. You can read the lyrics here; feel free to ask me anything about them in the comments.

Here’s the 2020 version of ‘Miracle sur la Rue des Saules’ that fellow blogger Guuzbourg tells me features a generous sampling of The Free Design’s ‘Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas)’ from 1968.