Before I begin: Rap is a fascinating and diverse genre. It’s evolution and launch into the mainstream over the last two decades has been nothing short of phenomenal.
It doesn’t stop people from complaining though. Especially about artists on the radio or who are blowing up on social media. Pop music is a young person’s game, Rap has merged into the echelon and because of this, there has become a formula on how to become popular at it, which ticks a lot of people off. To be honest, in this day and age, if you can’t find something you like, you’re not looking and just want to complain.
Open Mike Eagle, the Chicago native and LA based rapper, released a new single on his Soundcloud Thursday afternoon. “Relatable (peak OME)”, is “about expectations of form, anxiety, middle age and middle class. And that’s just the parts I know how to put into words a couple months after writing it.” Mike borrows the choppy, trap rap cadence for his delivery on this song, but in a way that’s perfect for him and his personality.
One of the great things about Mike Eagle’s music is exactly what his song suggests: he’s incredibly relatable. He’s rap’s everyman. One who raps about child rearing, marriage, anxiety, aging, finances and just trying to survive.
Relatable will be the first single off of OME’s upcoming release “What Happens When I Try to Relax” which will drop by the end of the year. He’s coming off three fantastic releases within the last four years, one of which many of his fans consider to be his magnum opus (Dark Comedy). Despite his base clamoring over that project, Mike doesn’t chase it, he doesn’t try to remake it, he leaves what he was feeling and believing at that time exactly where it is. His latest project “Brick Body Kids Still Daydream”, which was released in September 2017, made four major album of the year lists: Rolling Stone (34), Stereogum (16), Pitchfork (49), and NPR (29). The album revolved around Eagle growing up in Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes projects as a child and how his imagination played a role in his life experiences. It included standouts “No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretending Like It Don’t Hurt)” and “Hymnal” which featured Sammus (who recently performed at Birmingham’s Secret Stages….which we covered here).
We’re not sure what the central theme of What Happens When I Try to Relax will be, but if it’s anything like Eagle has been putting out these last few years, it should be another solid one. He’s got several new projects coming out, along with a new Comedy Central program with Baron Vaughn entitled “The New Negroes” that is scheduled to air in 2019.
Ryan is a major fan of Mike’s music and also his Fraternity Brother. Ron, AJ and Joe have all requested that Mike begin paying the team appearance fees for the amount of times that Ryan mentions him on DCIP. Ryan has yet to draw up an invoice.