Christmas in Hollis

Album: A Very Special Christmas (1987)
Charted: 56
  • This samples "Back Door Santa," which is a 1968 Blues track by Clarence Carter. In Carter's song, Santa is sneaking around with another man's girl (see "Back Door Man"). "Christmas in Hollis" tells the story of an encounter with Saint Nick in Hollis, Queens, which is where Run-D.M.C. grew up.
  • Run-D.M.C. recorded this for the A Very Special Christmas compilation album, which donated proceeds to the Special Olympics. It was the only original composition on the album, although several of the tracks became Christmas radio staples, including Madonna's version of "Santa Baby" and The Pretenders take on "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."
  • This is one of the most famous Christmas rap songs, but it's far from the first. In 1979, Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'" became the first Hip-Hop song released on a major label. The 1981 seasonal favorite "Christmas Wrapping" also could be considered rap, or at least wrap.
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