Rapper and professional wrestler Open Mike Eagle has announced a new batch of North American dates. The tour starts on March 28th in Milwaukee, WI. Tickets will go on sale for the general public beginning Friday, February 22nd at 10am PST. The new tour, follows a busy year for Mike, whose latest EP What Happens When I Try To Relax served as the first release from his own label AutoReverse and became a professional wrestler after winning his first fight against Shiloh Jonez.
Outside of music, Eagle’s is set to air the first full season of his new show on Comedy Central created with comedian Baron Vaughn. The New Negroes, a stand-up meets-music variety show that explores and expands perceptions of blackness, is set to air very soon. The show showcases Eagle’s penchant for comedy, which also serves as one of his greatest musical skills, allowing him to drive home powerful stories and grim truths behind punchlines that intertwine into a concise statement.
Open Mike Eagle
What Happens When I Try To Relax
1. Relatable (peak OME)
2. Every Single Thing
4. Single Ghosts
5. Southside Eagle (93 bulls)
6. Maybe Gang (an initiation)
Before rap and comedy, there was Chicago. Born on Southeast side of the city, Eagle attended magnet schools in more affluent neighborhoods, an experience he credits with shaping his understanding of human behavior. In high school, though he loved A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan, he developed an equal affinity for alternative rock bands like They Might Be Giants. While studying psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he met friends and future collaborators comedian Hannibal Buress and rapper Serengeti, Eagle began making music in earnest for the first time.
After college, Eagle moved to Los Angeles and embedded himself in the city’s independent rap scene. At Project Blowed, the renowned open mic workshop and rap collective based in Leimert Park, he honed his skills by freestyling in cutthroat cyphers. Then, in 2010, he released his solo debut, Unapologetic Art Rap (Mush Records).
3/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marquette University
3/29 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf
3/31 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater – Encore Room
4/1 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
4/3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
4/4 – Cambridge, MA @ Sonia’s
4/6 – Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
4/7 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
4/9 – Nashville, TN @ Bluebird Cafe
4/10 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
4/13 – Tallahassee, FL @ FSU – Club
4/20 – Lansing, MI @ The Avenue Café