Hip Hop Holiday

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"Hip Hop Holiday"
3 The Hard Way "Hip Hop Holiday" cover art.jpg
Single by 3 The Hard Way
from the album 'Old School Prankstas'
B-side "Get Down"
Released 1994
Format CD single
Recorded Revolver Studios, Auckland, 1994
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:39
Label Deepgrooves Entertainment
Songwriter(s) Chris Ma'ia'i, Lance Manuel, Mike Paton, Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman
Producer(s) Angus McNaughton, Hang 'Em High Productions
3 The Hard Way singles chronology
"Hip Hop Holiday"
"Many Rivers"
"Hip Hop Holiday"
"Many Rivers"

"Hip Hop Holiday" is the debut single from New Zealand hip hop group 3 The Hard Way. It reached #1 in the New Zealand singles chart and #17 in Australia. A mid-song reggae breakdown was provided by Bobbylon of the Hallelujah Picassos.


The song was built around a substantial interpolation of "Dreadlock Holiday" by 10cc.[1] However, the rights were never cleared, resulting in the song being officially credited to "Dreadlock Holiday" songwriters Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, with all royalties going to the pair.[2]

The success of the song in New Zealand and Australia led to extensive touring of both countries and the recording and release of band's debut album, Old School Prankstas[3]

"Hip Hop Holiday" was nominated for Single of the Year at the 1995 New Zealand Music Awards.[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made for "Hip Hop Holiday", directed by Clinton Phillips. The video was filmed in Auckland, New Zealand and features the group driving around the city in a convertible and hosting a house party in suburban Auckland.[5]

Track listings[edit]

CD single (DG016, D11633)
  1. "Hip Hop Holiday" (Radio Mix) - feat Bobbylon
  2. "Get Down" (First Up Mix)
  3. "Hip Hop Holiday" (Freestyle Mix)
  4. "Get Down" (Extended Mix)


"Hip Hop Holiday" was the first hip hop song by a New Zealand artist to reach #1 in the New Zealand charts. The song was also certified gold in New Zealand.[3]

Chart (1994) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 1
Australia (ARIA)[7] 17


  1. ^ "3 the Hard Way feat. Bobbylon". Who Sampled. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Number One Hits: 1990-1999". Audio Culture. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Hiphop Holiday!". Dub Dot Dash. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "1995 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "3 THE HARD WAY. HIP HOP HOLIDAY". Film Archive. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – 3 The Hard Way – Hip Hop Holiday". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – 3 The Hard Way – Hip Hop Holiday". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 31 October 2013.

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