If you don’t know who Open Mike Eagle is by now, you had better get on it before you embarrass yourself. Eagle is a rap artist and a comedy artist and is excelling in both artforms. His last album, Dark Comedy received acclaim all over the place including a profile in LA Weekly, great reviews from Rolling Stone, everyone’s year end lists, and was called one of the best rap albums of the 2000s by Forbes.
His new album, a collaboration with producer Paul White–Hella Personal Film Festival just got rave reviews from music magazine Pitchfork, and if you’ve checked out the early released tracks like Check to Check and I Went Outside Today, featuring Aesop Rock, you’ll hear exactly why. Pitchfork isn’t the only publication giving to the new album. It’s also getting serious attention from Consequence of Sound, Spin Magazine, Stereogum,
Eagle’s also a part of one of the most exciting shows in comedy, The New Negroes which lit up the Riot LA Comedy Festival this year, earning them accolades from Paste (calling it one of the top 5 shows of the festival) and The Interrobang, and had a great performance at SXSW. You can also hear him as a frequent guest on SiriusXM’s Bennington.
Hella Personal Film Festival is now available for preorder and will be released March 25th. Check out some tracks below and his recent set at SXSW with a guest appearance from Hannibal Buress, and for goodness sake, pay attention.