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Sterling Simms & Marsha Ambrosius Give Us ‘Nothing For Christmas’


One of the best parts of the holiday season for me is the opportunity to indulge in Christmas music. Sure, the giving and receiving of gifts is always nice, as is the chance to stuff myself silly with great food (and booze) all in the name of holiday cheer. But it's the revisiting of classics by the likes of Donny Hathaway and The Temptations that warms my heart the most. Inherently, it also marks the time of the year where random contemporaries try their hand at crafting their own holiday tunes, in hopes that it'll earn them a place as one of the songs to get dusted off in years to come. Singer-songwriter Sterling Simms is the latest artist to try to cement his place in holiday history with the release of "Nothing for Christmas." While the required sound of jingle bells and references to getting tricked out at the hands of Simms do little to actually put me in the holiday mood, there's no denying the fact that this beat right here KNOCKS. As he and longtime pal Marsha Ambrosius trade verses about what they do and don't want to unwrap on Christmas Day, I found myself wishing that Simms had saved this track for a much different song. By using it as a Christmas song, he basically relegated the song to a super short shelf life that will expire at 11:59 pm on December 25th. Until then though, I'll be more than happy to bop along to it if for nothing more than the track alone.
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