Michael Christmas Is Back With “Not The Only One” Featuring Tobi Lou

With his new album on the way, Michael Christmas is holding us down with a fresh single titled “Not The Only One.” Christmas delivers his witty and down-to-earth verses, covering everything from losing 2K games by double digits to being a proud Naruto fan. Also along for the ride is the Windy City’s tobi lou, who ties the track together with a catchy hook over crisp production from Durkin. Together the trio crafts a tune sure to have you vibing along.

Christmas also unveiled a set of accompanying visuals for the track, directed by himself and Hunter Lyon, who also helped bring Hodgy‘s “Barbell” to life.  The video follows Christmas tracing his footsteps from the night before, unraveling the adventure piece by piece.

Check out “Not The Only One” below.

Travis Thompson & Michael Christmas Flex On “Pipe Down”

Travis Thompson has quickly become one of my favorite artists in the game right now. The Seattle emcee always comes through with catchy and honest verses while dodging corniness, making for plenty of down-to-earth tracks you can still wild out to.

Travis returns to our pages today with his latest offering titled “Pipe Down,” featuring Boston’s own Michael Christmas. Travis and Christmas trade verses over Tyler Dopps’ sparse plucks. Flexing in ways no one else can, the trio of talent combine their skills to create another great jumpstart to the weekend.

Smash the repeat button and download “Pipe Down” below.

Michael Christmas & Prefuse 73 Share Collaborative Album, ‘Lady Parts’

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Earlier this year, Michael Christmas unveiled his Baggy Eyes EP, another showcase of his down-to-earth rhymes and catchy hooks. Often diving into territory most other rappers wouldn’t dare touch, the Boston emcee is carving his own lane with verses we can all relate to. Christmas also recently linked with veteran producer Prefuse 73 to form a duo known as Fudge, who just unveiled their debut album.

Building upon previous singles “Popstar Shit” and “In My Shoes,” Lady Parts features Christmas spilling verses over barrage of clicks, synths, and snaps from Prefuse. Also along for the ride are Alex Mali and D.R.A.M., offering their sultry vocals. Their chemistry permeates throughout each of the 15 tracks, culminating in a sonic joyride fit for any occasion.

Stream Lady Parts below and grab your copy here. Also, be sure to catch Michael Christmas touring later this fall.

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Michael Christmas Pays Homage With “Crash Bandicoot”

With Fudge (Michael Christmas and Prefuse 73) dropping their debut album Lady Parts this week, Christmas has shared a new banger for us to enjoy. “Crash Bandicoot” honors the classic video game, which will also celebrate its 20th anniversary on September 9, showcasing his catchy flow and clever lyricism. Produced by LORDFUBU, who also laid the foundation for several tracks from Christmas’ Baggy Eyes EP, his latest track is sure to have you wylin’ out with the windows down.

Stream “Crash Bandicoot” below and pre-order Lady Parts, out September 9 via Lex Records.

Michael Christmas // Majin Christmas Hats

As Michael Christmas and Prefuse 73, known together as Fudge, prepare the release of their Lady Parts album next month, you can now rep Christmas with style. The Majin Christmas hats come in a powder blue/pink and a real tree/orange colorway, bearing an embroidered logo on the front and brass buckle closure on the back.

Grab each hat via Bodega and pre-order Lady Parts, out September 9.

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Michael Christmas Returns With ‘Baggy Eyes’

With two solid projects and tours with Logic and Mac Miller already under his belt, Michael Christmas continues to impress with his Baggy Eyes EP. After hearing lead singles “Cell Phone” and “Paranoid,” there was no doubt this would be another collection of smooth tracks. Christmas delivers his clever, often humor-filled lines over production from the likes of LORDFUBULakim of Soulection, and Cardo. Topped off with guest appearances from Polyster the SaintVintage Lee, and $ilkmoneyBaggy Eyes is guaranteed to cure the hump day blues.

Stream Baggy Eyes below and download the project for free. Also, grab your tickets to his upcoming Bring Yo Friends tour with Tunji Ige and Tobi Lou.

Bring Yo Friends Tour:

6/11: Atlanta, GA – The Loft
6/13: Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
6/14: Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
6/15: Washington, DC – Black Cat
6/17: Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
6/19: Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
6/20: Pittsburg, PA – Altar Bar
6/22: Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at the Fillmore
6/23: New York, NY – The Studio at Webster Hall
6/24: Pawtucket, RI – The Met

Michael Christmas: Twitter // SoundCloud

 

Michael Christmas // “Paranoid” (Prod. Tedd Boy & Latrell James)

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I first heard of Michael Christmas when he opened for Logic during his sold-out Under Pressure tour. As the only rapper I can think of that can start his set with the Pokémon theme song and pull it off with finesse, I’ve been a fan of his ever since. Each of his raps showcase honesty that leaves no stone unturned, channeled through his smooth delivery.

“It also represents the time I write and think of my best shit – when I’m dead tired. As an artist my sleep schedule is fucked and as bad as it is, I like it that way. It feels good to be tired from dreaming,” – Michael Christmas, XXL

As the first single from his upcoming Baggy Eyes EP, his latest track is a product of sleepless nights caused by surges of creativity. Christmas continues to refine his sound and flow over production from Tedd Boy and Latrell James, and will soon add another set of great tracks to his repertoire.

Stream “Paranoid” below and expect Baggy Eyes later this month. Also, revisit his latest visuals for “Bubbling.”

Michael Christmas: Twitter // SoundCloud

Michael Christmas // “Bubbling” (Visuals)

The self-proclaimed “overweight Drake” Michael Christmas is back with his latest music video for one of the two loosies he dropped last month, “Bubbling.” Directed by Goodwin, the visuals use FaceTime to produce a fun video with cameos from Larry JuneA-TrakDJ Rhetorik, and many more.

Join the action below and grab your free download of the track here. Also, stream his latest album What A Weird Day and grab your copy via iTunes.

Michael Christmas: Twitter // SoundCloud

5 Fall Releases You Need to Hear // October/November 2015

As we approach the conclusion of an already great year for hip-hop and music overall, there remains plenty of releases to be excited for. Listed below are just a few upcoming albums and projects (in no particular order) slated to close out the year that you should definitely keep a close eye on.

As a disclaimer, I only included those with scheduled release dates (Kanye, Drake and Frank, we’re waiting).

1. GoldLinkAnd After That, We Didn’t Talk (November 13th)

Following his headlining set at Oakland Music Festival late last month, the DMV’s GoldLink is ready to drop his debut album. In a recent interview with NPR, GoldLink stated he aims to “create music for people to dance to again,” which he believes the industry has lost sight of. The second single off the project, “Spectrum,” premiered earlier this week on Beats 1 courtesy of Zane Lowe. If you haven’t already, be sure to peep his debut mixtape, The God Complexand pre-order And After That, We Didn’t Talk on iTunes. Also catch him with Mac Miller during his GO:OD AM tour (tickets here).

2. WaxLivin’ Foul (October 23rd)

If you look up “lyricist” in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Michael Jones, better known by his stage name, Wax, with a mic in one hand and a beer in the other. Over the years, Wax has worked with the likes of Watsky, Dumbfoundead, Anderson .Paak as a rapper, producer, guitarist, singer and overall extremely talented individual. Nearly two years since his last release, Continue…, which garnered him a large amount of acclaim in Europe via the lead single “Rosana,” Wax has finally announced his return to the music industry with Livin’ Foul. “Hypnotic” is just a taste of the wordplay that Wax continues to deliver with every track. To get even more hyped and learn more about the man behind the sound, check out the trailer for the album here.

3. PellLimbo (November 6th)

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to discover Pell when he opened for Kehlani on the last date prior to their national You Should Be Here tour and I’ve been hooked ever since. The NOLA native, LA-based, multi-talented artist puts on an incredible live show and recently announced the follow up to his 2014 project Floating While Dreaming will be released on November 6th. “Queso” is the second track from his upcoming LP titled Limbo and features wavy instrumentation from David Sitek (TV on the Radio) coupled with Pell’s smooth vocal work and bursts of energy. Enjoy this cut and be sure to pre-order the album via iTunes.

4. Kirk KnightLate Knight Special (October 30th)

Brooklyn’s Pro Era continues to make power moves in the industry with core member Kirk Knight expected to be the next one to secure his spot. Although we have heard a few verses from Kirk on several Pro Era projects, up to this point in his career he has been more focused on the production spectrum. In an interview from earlier this year with HotNewHipHop, Kirk shed light on how he has always been rapping from the age of 15, but he “had to experience life before he could talk about it.” Few years later Kirk has continued to hone his production skills and now we can finally bear witness to his progress as a rapper.  “Brokeland,” one of the few singles we’ve heard so far, is a punchy, mosh-pit inducing, in-your-face cut with sly wordplay (ex. Brokeland = Brooklyn) that gets me nothing short of hype for the full project. Place your pre-order here for LKS and catch him opening for the Underachievers on their tour.

5. Michael Christmas – What a Weird Day (October 23rd)

Boston’s Michael Christmas is the self-proclaimed Ron Funches doppelgänger that touches on everyday subjects that your typical rapper would likely be afraid to even hint at. With pop culture references galore delivered via slick lyricism, Michael offers a refreshing sound that everyone can connect with. Thanks to his skill-set, Michael has toured with Logic and will soon be accompanying Mac Miller on his tour as well. Both of the aforementioned powerhouses will appear on the album, among others like Polyester the Saint and D.R.A.M.. Pre-order the album via iTunes.

Here are a few more projects that I have my eye on from October/November 2015:

Out Now

Upcoming

  • D.R.A.M. – Gahdamn! EP (10/23)
  • Alex Wiley – Village Party II (10/25)
  • Lais – 114 EP (10/29)
  • M.E.D., Blu, Madlib – Bad Neighbor LP (10/30)
  • Busdriver – THUMBS (11/6)
  • Logic – The Incredible True Story (11/13)

As well as some projects we still don’t know too much about:

  • Skizzy Mars – Alone Together
  • Drake – Views From the 6
  • Frank Ocean – Boys Don’t Cry
  • Kanye West – SWISH
  • Vic Mensa – Traffic
  • Isaiah Rashad – Title Unknown
  • Chelsea Reject – Title Unknown (2016)
  • Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component (2016)
  • Noah Sims – Testament (Fall 2015)
  • Hurt Everybody – I Know Where the Light Goes 2
  • Hurt Everybody – 10-4 2
  • Hurt Everybody – Magic City 2
  • Chance the Rapper – Title Unknown (Mixtape)

What are you most excited to hear?

Mac Miller Reveals GOOD:AM Tour With Tory Lanez, GoldLink, Domo + More

After announcing the release of his upcoming project, GOOD:AM, the former Rostrum Records MC Mac Miller unveiled the corresponding tour to accompany the album today on Twitter. Along for the journey are Toronto’s Tory Lanez, the DMV’s GoldLink, Odd Future’s Domo Genesis, and Michael Cera-enthusiast Michael Christmas to name a few. Select tour dates will feature even more guests– the Detroit stop will have Miller sharing the stage with Pro Era frontman Joey Bada$$, prodigy and MF DOOM-collaborator Bishop Nehru, and the ultimate Denzel Curry.

See all the dates below and be sure to cop tickets starting this Friday. Pre-order GOOD:AM on iTunes, set to release on September 18th.

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[Image from Dan Folger]