While Jam Master Jay deserves credit for his masterful use of Clarence Carter’s original, DMC deserves equal credit for adding a dose of reality to holiday music. The forced cheer that exists in many holiday songs can be exhausting. It speaks to a fantasy life that few of us are living and often fails to resonate. When DMC wrote his verse for “Christmas in Hollis,” he took holiday music out of the fantasy realm and give listeners a taste of the holidays in Queens, rhyming “It’s Christmas time in Hollis, Queens. Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens, rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese.” #rundmc #christmasinhollis #80smusic https://hiphopdx.com/editorials/id.3576/title.how-run-dmc-made-the-greatest-christmas-rap-song-ever#signup