"Christmas in Hollis" by Run-D.M.C. (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "Christmas in Hollis" by Run-D.M.C., No. 60 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
60. Run-D.M.C., "Christmas in Hollis" (1987)
This track epitomizes that elusive rarity: an NYC hip-hop classic that also functions as a mood-setter. Over a horn-heavy strut that Rick Rubin lifted from Clarence Carter's suggestive "Back Door Santa," the affable old-school heroes spin a Queens-set holiday yarn featuring a rich Santa Claus, an "ill reindeer" and a soul-food banquet. Local color is scarcer than you'd think, but Run-D.M.C.'s shout-out to the titular 'hood adds the perfect shot of giddy specificity.