Christmas Greetings From Run-D.M.C. (And MTV News)

It’s almost time for Christmas, which means that the mood around the MTV Newsroom is getting pretty festive and everybody is going to start hitting the road soon (or just getting ready for a long winter’s nap). We’ll be taking off Friday (December 24) in observance of the holiday, but if anything huge happens, you know you can always count on your friends here at MTV News to deliver up-to-the-minute information on all the latest breaking news.

In the meantime, if you need to get into the Christmas spirit, we have got the best solution known to man (or beast): Run-D.M.C.‘s “Christmas in Hollis,” one of only a handful of truly exceptional pop-oriented Christmas songs (including Shane MacGowan’s “Fairytale of New York,” Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and the recently-released Coldplay track “Christmas Lights”). Produced by Rick Rubin in 1987 for a pair of special holiday compilations (A Very Special Christmas and Christmas Rap), the track puts the greatest hip-hop group of all time at the North Pole and tracks Santa’s trip into Queens on Christmas Eve.

Run, DMC and Jam Master Jay were arguably at the height of their powers in 1987, as they had released back-to-back smashes in 1985′s King of Rock and 1986′s Raising Hell, and they were about to drop the smashing Tougher Than Leather. While “Christmas in Hollis” was embraced when it was originally released, it didn’t chart until 13 years later after slowly becoming something of a holiday tradition (as well as appearing in “Die Hard” and on “The Simpsons”). Not only is it a great song, but it also has a fantastically fun video. Think of it as our Christmas gift to you.

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