“It’s The Beat”- Hollis Crew

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Released in the summer of 1985, “It’s The Beat” by the Hollis Crew was the last of the seven 12-inch singles issued independently by Def Jam before Russ & Rick struck their deal with Columbia. The Hollis Crew- Douglas “Butter Love” hayes and Terry “Cool Tee” Williams – were childhood pals of Run-DMC, who produced the track. hollis is the name of the neighborhood in Queens where they all grew up.

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