with Vintage Lee, Jett Bailey, Braddock Road
Downstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM
ON SALE NOW!
Friday October 26, 2018
The Boston rapper Michael Christmas stands out in an era of icy trap beats and rowdy Soundcloud rappers. He dares to make music that’s warm, goofy, and self-aware, drawing his inspiration from stand-up comics as much as his fellow rappers. His local profile has been growing thanks to a steady stream of laugh-out-loud Bandcamp singles, and he’s now preparing to take his talents to a bigger stage. With “Girlfriend,” his debut single for Fool’s Gold, he displays the easy charm, bouncy melodies, and winking delivery that have made him one of rap’s most promising class clowns.
“Girlfriend” also benefits greatly from the work of a kindred spirit: the producer Meltycanon, whose video game-inspired beat adds buoyancy to Christmas’ playful rhymes. Calling this song “cheerful” almost feels like an understatement; its 8-bit synths and tinny drums evoke colorful arcade cabinets like “Bubble Bobble.” Christmas is right at home in this silly atmosphere: Sounding like a contemporary Biz Markie, he spits game, laughs at his own awkwardness, and positions himself as an everyman foil to rap’s reigning casanovas. “Now when I pull up I don't talk much/Cause I be too nervous, say awkward stuff,” he raps joyfully. Fun and light-hearted, “Girlfriend” finds Christmas continuing to swim against the tide of current rap trends.