For as long as one can remember, video games and Christmas go hand-in-hand. Coveted consoles and hot games are what a lot of people want to see under the tree on December 25. This year was no different. Though the pandemic has shortened a lot of pockets, the demand for the Playstation 5 was through the roof with the system selling out as soon as it was stocked.
Though next gen consoles are all the rage, there is still a population that enjoys playing throwback games. One individual that falls into this group is Buffalo emcee Lucky Seven. Since 2018, he has been dropping installments of his Merry Christmas Retro Gamer series which is inspired by his love of retro games and the holidays. Right before Christmas, Lucky dropped his latest, Merry Christmas Retro Gamer 3.
This was Lucky Seven’s first and only release of 2020. Though his album output compared to past years has slowed down, he still showed he can make a quick-yet-quality project by building the album from the ground up in a matter of days. “I wrote and recorded the album in two days. Got artwork together the next day,” Lucky said of the process. “I’m giving people classics in three days’ time.”
Merry Christmas Retro Gamer 3 stays true to Lucky Seven’s signature style, but it is unique from the first two iterations. First, this new joint is a smidge more cumbersome with ten tracks while the others both had nine.
Also, while Lucky Seven usually wears the hat of emcee and producer on his offerings, Merry Christmas Retro Gamer 3 is entirely produced by veteran Boston beatmaker Stu Bangas. For a sense of his pedigree, Stu Bangas has had the likes of the late, great Sean Price, Heltah Skeltah, Cappadonna and Chino XL spit on his beats.
This new album also differs from the other two because Lucky Seven is the sole rapper. The past Merry Christmas Retro Gamers boasted features by Griselda Records’ Conway The Machine, Flee Lord, Elcamino, Billie Essco and G.S.. Nevertheless, Lucky Seven displayed the prowess to carry a whole project dolo with well-placed words, rhythmically fluent flows and enduring energy. “If you have nostalgia for retro games or the holiday season this tape is for you,” said Lucky. “The whole series go back and listen.”