Prefuse73 has been in the weirdo / leftfield hip-hop game for years now, but this is the first time he has produced a full-length collaboration with a particular MC. The young Michael Christmas is coming up fast, and the lush glitch-scapes that Prefuse provides fit perfectly with his flow. Lady Parts, released under the collaborative name Fudge, is out on Lex.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 September 2016
This is a collaboration between chief cut and splice expert Prefuse 73 and the hilariously monikered Michael Christmas. All very exciting and everything but what did they feel the need to call it that? Or put that on the sleeve? Hip-hop never grows up.
However, with Prefuse at the helm there's always interesting things occurring musically. His thick soup of sample heavy electronica is much in evidence. His clever touches are all over 'Young Vet' with it's churning, bizarre temp changes likewise his sunny day laid back feel good tones provide a lush backing on 'Circuit Breaker'. The reason why this album doesn't hit pay dirt is probably Christmas. He's an ok rapper, full of bravado but not as dextrous as is needed to carry such intuitive music. 'In My Shoes' suggests what this album could be when it tries hard Alex Mali provides a much needed counterpart to Christmas's puffing chest out rhymes and 'Kids Kill' shows what could really happen if Christmas weirded out a bit. The music is superb on this track full of pots and pans and incredible light and shade.
Prefuse is some producer but doesn't always choose collaborators wisely, one only imagines what would have happened had he continued his Communication Project with Dose One. They made one track and it was perfect. Instead here we get the autotuned r&b of 'These Saturdays' and the juvenilia of the closing 'Showstopper which leaves us with an album that will be of interest to Prefuse fans but is diluted by some lyrical bluster that doesn't quite cut it.
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