Open Mike Eagle reveals new project

Open Mike Eagle shares his new single "Relatable (peak OME)"
Open Mike Eagle "Relatable (peak OME)"

Rapper and comedian Open Mike Eagle has shared the new single “Relatable (peak OME)” is the first track from his Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, a musical documentary and opus that examines the now-demolished Chicago building that his family once lived in and the ingrained trauma that comes from living in the projects. The album landed on many year-end lists and Pitchfork crowned the album “one of the most compelling indie-rap listens of the year.” Eagle’s unique brand of “art rap,” the term he coined for his progressive, leftfield style, has brought him around the world with headlining solo dates, as well as performances at this year’s Pitchfork festival and the inaugural Adult Swim Festival.

Outside of music, his passion for comedy has led him to work with comedian Baron Vaughn to create The New Negroes, a stand-up meets-music variety show that explores and expands perceptions of blackness, soon to air its first full season on Comedy Central in 2019. Eagle’s penchant for comedy is one of his greatest musical skills, allowing him to drive home powerful stories and grim truths using hilarious punchlines that come together in a concise statement.

Along with the new single, Open Mike Eagle is announcing his new project, What Happens When I Try to Relax, coming soon. Eagle has this to say about “Relatable (peak OME)”, “It’s too complicated for a quick explanation. It’s about a lot of things. It’s 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.”

Open Mike Eagle
Live Dates:

9/27 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House
9/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Adult Swim Festival
10/19 – Den Haag, Netherlands @ Paard
10/20 – Darmstadt, Germany @ Oetinger Villa
10/21 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
10/22 – Berlin, Germany @ Kantine Am Berghain
10/23 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Stings of Autumn Festival
10/24 – Warszawa, Poland @ Smolna 38
10/25 – Barcelona, Spain @ Arrte
10/26 – Paris, France @ Centre Culturel Hip Hop
11/5 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
11/6 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
11/8 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
11/12 – Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport
11/13 – Tempe, AZ @ Coca-Cola Sun Deck at Sun Devil Stadium
11/16 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
11/17 – Houston, TX @ The Bronze Peacock at House of Blues Houston
11/18 – Dallas, TX @ Dada DaLLAS
11/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Ba

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.