By: Seamus Fay
What A Weird Day marked an interesting point in Michael Christmas’ career. He had experienced enough success from Is This Art to be able to look back at everything and stunt a little bit, yet he still put focus on the little things in life that hadn’t changed. Because of this, the album provides an extremely unique perspective, playing up the dual nature of being a successful rapper while still feeling like the weird kid around the city in some ways.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the entire project, one track has always stood out to me: “Gay Black Model Remix”. It is simply one of the best closers to an album that I have heard. For starters, it’s produced by the infamous OG Swaggerdick, a hometown hero and longtime friend of Christmas. This alone makes it a great closer, as it emphasizes the fact that Christmas has made it so far and Swaggerdick and the whole city of Boston have been there with him the entire way. In a way, it’s a thank you. But not a traditional one.
The incredible energy on the track is also one of my favorite aspects of it. The beat is a wild mix of eccentric sounds and hard bass that almost makes too much sense being used for the final track, and it gathers all of the built up energy that Christmas had in anticipation for the release of his debut album and turns it into an amazing verse. This verse seems to be a realization and a flex at the same time, as Christmas almost can’t believe that he has the city on his back and he really has a whole fanbase rooting for him. He’s confident at times (Can’t leave rap alone the game needs me/ Like snowman chains, Akon, and Young Jeezy), yet still surprised that everything is going his way (I never had imagined my passion could turn into some cash/ I’m like an NBA draft pick). This returns to the dual nature of the album, once again providing the unique variety of perspectives that helps to make it such a great song
The last aspect of the song that I wanted to touch on involves the line at the end of the song that says, “It’s sad to me/ That it had to be/ A whole tragedy/ That this shit is a masterpiece.” The lines act as a reminder that Christmas paid his dues to get to where he is. He spent years as an outsider in school, and took up the role as the awkward kid everywhere he went. With his own sense of humor that no one seemed to understand, he didn’t have it easy. School was never for him. And yet after spending all these years as an outsider, he was able to see the bright side of things and turn it into something funny and relatable. His whole persona has come out of the fact that he really didn’t have a great crew of friends until just a few years ago, and it has served him well oddly enough. And that whole idea of how much his circumstances have changed helps to fuel the pride he feels in “Gay Black Model Remix.”
Ultimately, I think that this song stuck with me so much because it made me proud of Christmas. Even though I don’t know him, I felt like I had watched his entire journey through his music and was finally watching him realize that he’s really killing it. Him and OG were always the underdogs growing up, not always understood by a lot of people, but now the moment of clarity has arrived and the tides have turned. This is what the face of Boston looks like now, and I couldn’t be more excited.
I swear to god the other day, I’m standing on the balcony
I look across the street, I seen a group of kids all shout for me
“we love you Michael Christmas”
And that shit still confusing
But when I see their faces, its bigger than this music
Also notable are these screenshots that Christmas posted on Twitter right before he dropped the album, explaining the title and what it means to him.