Once you hear those warm-but-mildly-distorted intro horns (sampled from Clarence Carter’s 1968 hit “Back Door Santa”), you are instantly filled with the holiday spirit, thanks to the most important hip-hop group of the 1980s. By late 1987 this incredible Run-DMC production (co-produced by Rick Rubin and Steve Ett) had taken full hold of the music world. That holiday season, the song was featured on the A & M Records charity compilation A Very Special Christmas and was also granted its own A-side release outside of the U.S., complete with a cover illustrated by the late Keith Haring.
Whether you are a die-hard hip-hop fan or a casual music listener, the song – a tribute to the group’s hometown of Hollis, Queens – remains a classic December jam to this day, that also gets heads bopping in March or August. This version of the 7-inch also includes a little song called “Peter Piper” on the B-side that you may have heard before, plus the full lyrics to “Christmas In Hollis” printed on the back cover. And to make this package impossible to pass up, Get On Down is also including a playable “Audible Postcard” of “Christmas In Hollis” in addition to the vinyl – keep it as a collector’s item or send to a friend to become the illest rap gift-giver of the year.
Christmas In Hollis