|MH-269 Open Mike Eagle - Unapologetic Art Rap
Los Angeles MC Open Mike Eagle makes good on all three words in the title of his debut full-length, Unapologetic Art Rap. He’s unapologetic for being different and unrepentant in its his pop-culture criticisms. He is surely artistic, drawing on influences from Pavement to De La Soul to TV On The Radio and reshaping them in his own image. Which leads finally to rap. On his first album, Open Mike Eagle sounds like a seasoned veteran, filling every bar with brilliant wordplay and effortless West Coast flow. He is aided by guests Busdriver, Nocando, Serengeti, Alpha MC, and his crew the Swim Team, and has a team of producers the includes Alwayz Prolific, Maestroe, and L.A. heavy-weight Exile, but the album is clearly an Open Mike Eagle showcase. Unapologetic Art Rap may very well be looked back on as the album that kicked the door open on an impressive career.
|This is the best album of the year that have not heard. You should hear it. - Passion of the Weiss / It's all quite impressive. This may indeed be Art Rap but it needs no apologies. - Vue Weekly / I promise you this, listen to "I Rock," "Mistakes" (feat. Alpha MC) and "Go Home" (feat. Swim Team) for the finest representations of taxonomic boom bap rap. - Impose
|After making the move to Los Angeles in 2004, Open Mike Eagle promptly began establishing himself in the underground hip-hop scene. Most notably, he joined the Project Blowed collective, which is known for its fiery, freestyle-friendly MCs who like to mix in a hint of artsy attitude. Keeping the latter in mind, it's no surprise Eagle dubbed his full-length debut, the honest and edgy Unapologetic Art Rap. And he's teamed up with like-minded rappers such as Nocando, Busdriver, and Alpha MC to up the experimental vibes created by producers Maestro, Exile, and Alwayz Prolific. - Prefix Mag