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Popular Music: The Podcast

Dec 4, 2017

It’s Christmastime in Hollis, Queens! And in your ear things! In this week’s episode of Popular Music: The Podcast, Analise and Steven dive into the Christmas cheer full force with Run DMC’s 1987 hit, “Christmas In Hollis.” Steven breaks down the history of the group (including their time collaborating with Aerosmith) and his personal history with the “A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 1” album, while Analise breaks down the song’s creative use of sampling and the strong ties between 60s soul Christmas songs and rap Christmas songs.


No guilt. Only pleasure. Popular Music is a pop music podcast hosted by Steven Ray Morris and Analise Nelson. New episodes every Monday.

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Additional Recommendations:

James Brown - “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto”

Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg - “Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto”

Tha Dogg Pound - “I Wish”

DMX, Divine Bars - “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer”

Froggy Fresh - “Christmas”

TLC - “Sleigh Ride”

Ludacris - “Ludacrismas” -  


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