Run DMC have performed their Hip Hop holiday anthem “Christmas In Hollis” for the first time in decades for an upcoming Disney special – check it out below.
On Sunday (November 27), the legendary rap pioneers will appear on ABC for the reboot of The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration television event, which is broadcast at 8 PM ET on ABC and streaming on HULU and Disney+.
The pre-filmed special will include guest appearances from artists such as Ne-Yo, Jordin Sparks and The Black Eyed Peas, who will deliver live versions of hits like “A Cold Christmas” and “I Gotta Feeling.”
The star-studded program will also feature a special 20th anniversary highlight performance of Run-DMC’s “Christmas In Hollis,” with Disney’s world-famous Magic Kingdom Castle as the backdrop.
Originally released in 1987 as part of Jimmy Iovine’s A very special Christmas compilation album, Run-DMC’s “Christmas In Hollis”, became a Hip Hop classic and helped the LP reach 4x platinum status.
In a 2017 interview with New York Post on the 30th anniversary of the record’s release, Run-DMC revealed how the group almost went ahead with making the track because Hip Hop icon Curtis Blow had already released a Christmas song similar to theirs years earlier in 1979 with its festive jam” Christmas Rappin” ‘.”
“In hip-hop culture, you can’t copy what’s already been done, so we weren’t sure about doing that,” said Darryl (DMC) McDaniels. However, after some coaxing from longtime publicist Bill Adler, the group’s DJ, the late Jam Master Jay, came across Clarence Carter’s 1968 R&B track “Back Door Santa” and ended up sampling the record, which in turn brought the group’s track to life. …
DMC admitted that he now feels like he is forever a part of the seasonal Christmas cheer embedded in the holiday due to the song’s cult popularity. “This time of year, I can’t walk five steps in the mall without someone yelling the lyrics to ‘Christmas in Hollis’ at me,” he shared. NEW Mail.
“Just yesterday I was at the grocery store and a lady said, ‘Guess what’s on my playlist right now?’ I said, “Christmas in Hollis.” She said, ‘How did you know?’ It’s a beautiful thing, but I have to expect that for the rest of my life!”