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Michael Christmas going on ‘Role Model’ tour

Michael Christmas Role Model

Boston’s own Michael Christmas, just months after signing with Fool’s Gold Records, makes his mark on 2018 by dropping off his first proper album in three years. The 15-track Role Model impressively highlights his ability to combine his comedic wit with a strong musical palette.

Christmas’ style as an MC is unique and rather goofy but always seems to come off as genuine without overshadowing his overall skill set as an artist. This project has a theme of Christmas playing the “big brother role,” giving guidance to the youth through some solid and sometimes hilarious music. The tracks that most effectively deliver reality raps from a somewhat silly perspective indicator Christmas has a high potential in reaching a wide audience. You hear this on tracks like the “Paid In Full”-inspired “Everybody Eats” which features a standout verse from Cousin Stizz, and one of the album’s best offerings “Not For Me.” On the hook of the latter, Christmas melodically declares “I know my life look bad, but that shit look good to me/And one of these bullshit lives they livin’ might be what you need/But that’s just not for me.” [HipHopDX]

Michael Christmas recently released his Fool’s Gold Records debut, Role Model, his first album since 2015’s What A Weird Day, which also follows Lady Parts, Christmas’ 2016 collaborative album with Prefuse 73 as Fudge. As the HipHopDX review quoted above points out, Role Model includes a standout track with fellow Boston rapper Cousin Stizz, plus there’s the G-Funk-channelling “Polo Sweater” with West Coast rappers G Perico and Domo Genesis, and more. As that review also points out, Christmas is goofy but the humor is always balanced out by serious talent, and that’s very clear on Role Model. If you haven’t heard the album, you can stream the whole thing and watch the video for “Girlfriend” below.

Christmas is playing his label’s Fool’s Gold Day Off at Queen’s Knockdown Center on 8/11 with Sheck Wes, Show Me the Body, MIKE, World’s Fair, Venus X, Junglepussy, Bbymutha, Chynna, and more (tickets); and he also announced the ‘Role Model’ tour taking place from September through November. That tour includes shows with Matt & Kim, Vintage Lee, Sylvan LaCue, and OG Swaggerdick.

He returns to NYC on October 27 at Mercury Lounge, which is with Vintage Lee and OG Swaggerdick (tickets). All dates are listed below.

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Michael Christmas — 2018 Tour Dates
Sat / Aug 11 – Maspeth, NY (Fool’s Gold Day Off)
Wed / Sept 5 – Columbia, MO ^
Fri / Sept 7 – Kansas City, MO ^
Sat / Sept 8 – Arlington, TX ^
Sun / Sept 9 – Memphis, TN ^
Mon / Sept 10 – Atlanta, GA ^
Tue / Sept 11 – Asheville, NC ^
Thu / Sept 13 – Louisville, KY ^
Fri / Sept 14 – Boston, MA % *
Sat / Sept 15 – Frederick, MD ^
Sun / Sept 16 – Norfolk, VA ^
Tue / Sept 18 – Grand Rapids, MI ^
Wed / Sept 19 – Covington, KY ^
Thur / Sept 20 – Cleveland, OH ^
Fri / Sept 21 – Chicago, IL *
Sat / Sept 22 – Milwaukee, WI *
Sun / Sept 23 – Minneapolis, MN *
Tue / Sept 25 – Denver, CO # *
Wed / Sept 26 – Ames, IA
Thur / Sept 27 – Salt Lake City, UT *
Sun / Sept 30 – Berkeley, CA *
Tue / Oct 2 – Seattle, WA *
Thur / Oct 4 – Vancouver, BC *
Fri / Oct 5 – Portland, OR *
Sun / Oct 7 – Sacramento, CA % *
Wed / Oct 10 – Fresno, CA % *
Fri / Oct 12 – Santa Barbara, CA % *
Sat / Oct 13 – Los Angeles, CA % *
Sun / Oct 14 – Scottsdale, AZ % *
Tue / Oct 16 – Houston, TX # *
Thur / Oct 18 – San Antonio, TX # *
Fri / Oct 19 – Austin, TX # *
Sun / Oct 21 – New Orleans, LA *
Thu / Oct 25 – Philadelphia, PA *
Fri / Oct 26 – Washington, DC *
Sat / Oct 27 – New York, NY % *
Thur / Nov 1 – Orlando, FL
Fri / Nov 2 – Miami, FL

^ – w/ Matt & Kim
* – w/ Vintage Lee
# – w/ Sylvan LaCue
% – w/ OG Swaggerdick

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