Tyler, the Creator dropped his wickedly wonderful spin on the iconic theme song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” for the upcoming “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” reboot of the 1966 film which features Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the nasty-wasty lead role.
Tyler’s rendition pops with all the greasy-black-heeled charm (or disgust, whichever suits you!) that millions of “Grinch” fans across multiple generations have embraced in the original anti-Christmas anthem, which is intended to describe the grumpy green monster’s dark disdain for the Season of Giving. In revamping the classic track for the impending remake and current generation, the Grammy-nominated rapper injects a catchy original rap in the second verse:
“All them smiles homie/I turn up the frown/All them decorations/I tear em down/You can ask Max I don't play around/Ayo (Ewwww)/Who is this mean fellow?/With his skin all green and his teeth all yellow? (Ewwww)/What you so mad for?/Halloween come around and we ain't knocking on your door mane.”
The new version also features an accompanying children’s choir who accentuates Tyler’s words with an echo-style backing vocal throughout the song. Diehard “Grinch” fans may argue that the classic theme song shouldn’t be messed with. However, Tyler’s take on it pays great homage to the original, for which Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Giesel wrote the lyrics and Albert Hague composed the music. Despite popular belief that Boris Karloff sang the original song, Tony-the-Tiger voice artist Thurl Ravenscroft performed the song in the original cartoon.
Tyler, the Creator also wrote another new original song for the soundtrack called “I Am The Grinch.” Danny Elfman (of “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” fame) scored the film, as well as wrote the music for the “You’re A Mean One” theme. The highly-anticipated retelling of the epic holiday story is due for theatrical release on Nov. 9. The soundtrack will also drop the same day.
Listen to the entire Tyler, the Creator version of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and watch the fun animated lyric video for the song above.