Rev Run was high when he wrote ‘Christmas in Hollis’

Rev Run was high when he wrote ‘Christmas in Hollis’

December 8, 2018

Rev Run of Run-DMC was eating breakfast and getting high when he wrote the legendary festive rap “Christmas in Hollis.”

He told us of the 30-year-old track, “I was in my new house that I just purchased in Hollis [Queens]. I was by myself. And I look down at my plate — it was eggs, jelly and toast. I just finished my breakfast and I wrote the rap.”

“‘It was December 24th on Hollis Ave in the dark/ When I see a man chilling with his dog in the park/I approached very slowly with my heart full of fear/ Looked at his dog, oh my god, an ill reindeer.’”

Added Rev Run, “I look down [at the lyrics] and I thought, ‘Wow this is crazy.’ I wrote that in like one minute.”

The tune appeared in 1987 on “A Very Special Christmas,” the charity compilation album benefiting the Special Olympics with tracks by Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Whitney Houston and others.

Meanwhile, Rev Run — who’s promoting StubHub’s special page, which helps to find tickets to live events to give as gifts for the holiday season — told us he’s getting Bruno Mars tickets for his wife, Justine, for Christmas.

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