Sunday, July 6, 2014

This Week's Hiphop Roundup, Courtesy of My Philosophy

Posted by on Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

OPEN MIKE EAGLE
  • OPEN MIKE EAGLE

In the internet age, when choice is endless and your adventure is truly yours to choose, some people concentrate too much on the stuff they choose to omit—yet not nearly as much on the shit they choose to include. The coolest shit to me is the confluence of things, the melding or meeting of things thought separate, Rick Rubin's highbrow/lowbrow theory, etc.

Open Mike Eagle's latest, Dark Comedy, is a sweet confluence of sharp consciousness-streaming that's equal parts Second City and Project Blowed, post–Low End Theory (as in LA's world-famous electronic/experimental rap monthly) slump, and Mike's own irreverent reverence of everything from Gang Starr to They Might Be Giants. The "laugh to keep from crying tip" is his lane, though Mike admits that he's "bad at sarcasm, so [he] work[s] in absurdity"—such as getting Hannibal Buress to rap on "Doug Stamper." If you despair for brainy, funny, affecting indie rap, don't miss this.

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