Christmas in Hollis

“Christmas in Hollis” by Run-D.M.C. is a festive hip-hop classic that has become a staple of holiday playlists since its release in 1987. The song is notably featured on the compilation album “A Very Special Christmas,” which aimed to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

With a sample of Clarence Carter’s “Back Door Santa,” the track opens with a catchy jingle, setting the stage for a Christmas tale with a hip-hop twist. Run-D.M.C.’s playful lyrics narrate a unique holiday experience in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens, New York. The narrative includes discovering Santa’s lost wallet and the ensuing joy of unexpected gifts.

The song is laced with the humor and charisma characteristic of Run-D.M.C., and its upbeat tempo and infectious rhythm make it an instantly recognizable and enjoyable addition to holiday celebrations. Run-D.M.C.’s ability to seamlessly blend Christmas cheer with their signature hip-hop style contributed to the song’s enduring popularity.

The accompanying music video features the group’s members, Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, donned in festive attire as they navigate the snowy streets of Hollis. “Christmas in Hollis” not only became a chart-topping hit but also a cultural touchstone, demonstrating the universal appeal of holiday music across genres. Its continued presence in seasonal playlists reaffirms its status as a timeless and spirited contribution to the musical festivities of Christmas.

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