By: Seamus Fay
As it stands, even with the abundance of headline-grabbing rap albums released this year, I can confidently say that Michael Christmas’ Role Model remains in my top 5 projects of 2018. It’s a remarkably true-to-self record, and by watching the Boston representative transition into his newfound role in life, it genuinely feels as though fans are being taken along for the ride toward success for Christmas. That said, amidst the very beginning stages of his tour, this soon-to-be star is back on Graduation Music today with a new music video for the Role Model standout, “Ball”.
Produced by Thelonious Martin and Aniko Thomas, this soulful record has always been one of my favorites on the album due to its infectious dedication toward making it as an artist. Christmas puts his all into the anthemic offering, and matching this intensity appears a championship basketball game in the new visuals. Names including Millyz, Muyi Fre$co, Jefe Replay, Haasan Barclay, and Coach OG Swaggerdick grace the screen as they hold numerous different roles involved with the game, but not until Christmas comes in for a late substitution is the full glory of the song felt. He attempts a game-winning shot with the entire crowd booing the decision to bring him in the game, and as for the result, you’ll just have to watch and see.
Click play on the Shadow Lion production at the link below:
By: Seamus Fay
Just a few weeks removed from the release of his warm-weathered anthem “Girlfriend” (which remains in heavy rotation on my personal playlist), Michael Christmas is back yet again on our pages with a brand new single, “Ball”, from his forthcoming LP, Role Model due for release June 22nd via Fool’s Gold. It’s the soundtrack to any glo-up, it’s an anthemic offering for everyone out there putting in work this summer, and above all, it’s a toast to the success that Christmas has seen as well as the success that he will see in the near future. As seen on the cover, this Boston native isn’t playing any games – he’s bringing the Jordan mentality to music, and by the sounds of the past few singles, it’s playing out wonderfully.
That being said, with production from Thelonious Martin and Aniko Thomas, this soulful take on success hits home for any listener out there with a dream. The melodies intertwine to present a hearty helping of authenticity and passion, only to be topped off with a jab at the Lakers (aside from a few select talents) whilst we continue to watch the Celtics roll through the playoffs. The weather is getting warmer, all is right in the world of Michael Christmas, and if I had to guess, this album will undoubtedly be his most accomplished work to date. Boston has a hell of a role model in our hands, so listen up, get inspired by his teachings, and most importantly, prepare yourself for a new project June 22nd.
Click play on “Ball” at the link below: