“I think of Michael Cera” raps the charismatic Bostonian in his upbeat, quirky ode to the skinny Canadian’s finest works. It’s a perfect example of what Christmas does best, quick witted, tongue in cheek rap, with deeper hidden messages. One minute he’s as joyful as the holiday season itself, the next Christmas is hard hitting. It’s clever, it’s charming and most importantly it’s unique.
With collaborations with the likes of ILOVEMAKONNEN and an ode to Cam’ron on ‘Killa Christmas’, Christmas keeps it varied and interesting, each track offering a different focus and a different flow, truly showcasing the 20 year old’s diverse range of talents. Comparisons to the now defunct slacker cum comedy rap of Das Racist are unavoidable, but that’s hardly a bad thing. “Daily” is a dark look into the repetitive emptiness of our modern technological lives and the pitfalls of love and fame, with genius couplings such as, “I see the world lacks time and I don’t need no watch for this, I’m stuck on Instagram like ‘Would I shave my crotch for this?’” It’s clear Christmas has the ability to carve his own particular identity in the rap game. The release of mixtape ‘Is This Art’ saw the rapper make an impressive break with his debut, the album artwork portraying the rapper’s comedic side with a photoshopped Michael Angelo’s David, the songs showcasing Christmas’ wide lyrical range and versatility.
With unique flow and a range of interesting samples and collaborating producers under his belt Christmas is not one to be overlooked, and whilst still very young, Christmas has the passion and talent to create a distinct future within the scene. “Check the stats and its me that the odd’s against” he raps on ‘Y’all Trippin’, let’s just hope Christmas sticks around and wins the day.
Words: Charlie Jaco