A Run DMC Christmas

The show highlights a holiday favorite — the 1991 rap classic "Christmas in Hollis" by Run DMC.

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ED GORDON, host:

We end our show today with another holiday music selection. This one has a decidedly different beat.

(Soundbite of rap music)

GORDON: That's the 1991 rap classic "Christmas in Hollis," by Run-DMC. They made musical history with original lyrics about Christmas in the big city. The group from Hollis, Queens, was made up of high school friends Joseph "Run" Simmons, Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell and Daryll "DMC" McDaniels. Like so many of their songs, Run-DMC scored a commercial hit with crossover appeal and this tune, which talked about the holidays in their neighborhood, was no exception.

(Soundbite of rap music)

RUN-DMC: (Rapping) It's Christmastime in Hollis, Queens. Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens, rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese, and Santa put gifts on the Christmas tree...

GORDON: Thanks for joining us. That's our program today. To listen to the show visit npr.org. NEWS & NOTES was created by NPR News and the African-American Public Radio Consortium.

I'm Ed Gordon, and this is NEWS & NOTES.

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