Christmas in Hollis

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"Christmas in Hollis"
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Single by Run–D.M.C.
from the album A Very Special Christmas
B-side "Peter Piper"
Released November 25, 1987
Format Vinyl, cassette
Recorded 1987
Genre Hip hop, rap rock, comedy, Christmas, children's music
Length 2:59
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell
Producer(s) Rick Rubin, Run–D.M.C.
Run–D.M.C. singles chronology
"It's Tricky"
(1987)
"Christmas in Hollis"
(1987)
"I'm Not Going Out Like That"
(1988)
"It's Tricky"
(1987)
"Christmas in Hollis"
(1987)
"I'm Not Going Out Like That"
(1988)

"Christmas in Hollis" is a single by Run–D.M.C. that was included on two 1987 Christmas compilation albums featuring various artists: A Very Special Christmas (A&M 3911) and Christmas Rap (Profile 1247). A&M Records originally released the song as a single in 1987 off of the A Very Special Christmas album. The track was produced by the group along with Rick Rubin, and has become popular during the holiday season. It reached number 78 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2000, 13 years after it was first released. The title refers to Hollis, the neighborhood in Queens where the members of Run-D.M.C. grew up. When Bill Adler first asked Run-D.M.C. to be involved with "A Very Special Christmas" they refused. After Bill gave the band the idea for "Christmas in Hollis" they changed their minds and agreed to be on the album.[1]

The track samples Clarence Carter's 1968 holiday song "Back Door Santa", as well as "Frosty the Snowman", "Jingle Bells", and "Joy to the World". The song features a slide whistle.

Media usage[edit]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Christmas in Hollis" takes place at The North Pole and Hollis, Queens, New York. At the end of the video Santa is seen flying away with his sled being pulled by a dog. The video was directed by Michael Holman with cinematography by Mark Richardson, both NYU film students at the time. "Christmas in Hollis" went on to win Rolling Stone Magazine's Best Video of the Year award in 1987 beating out Michael Jackson's "Bad" directed by Martin Scorsese.

Track listing[edit]

A-side[edit]

  1. "Christmas in Hollis"
  2. "Walk This Way"

B-side[edit]

  1. "Peter Piper"
  2. "King of Rock"

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