25 October, 2017Print
Open Mike Eagle's 'Brick Body Kids Still Daydream' is "A diverse and singular piece of contemporary hip-hop" (Pitchfork)
RELEASES NEW VIDEO "NO SELLING" FROM NEW ALBUM, OUT NOW ON MELLO MUSIC GROUP - WATCH HERE: http://bit.ly/2zxAk4b
Open Mike Eagle’s trenchant new album ‘Brick Body Kids Still Daydream’ is out now on Mello Music Group and has been met with across-the-board raves. The new record, which breathes new life into Chicago’s fallen Robert Taylor Homes housing project, has been met with acclaim from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Consequence of Sound, NPR Music, the LA Times, and more. Mike has appeared on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, The Intercept, and Beats 1, and been profiled by LA Weekly and Splitsider. The AV Club just released a mini-documentary on Mike revisiting the Robert Taylor Homes - watch it here: http://bit.ly/2y0L75x
Today, Mike is premiering the video for “No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretending It Don’t Hurt),” a wrestling-themed video that stars Kimmy Gatewood from Netflix’s G.L.O.W, as well as professional wrestlers Trauma and Human Tornado. “I gotta keep a façade / I gotta play it cool / Like when you with a girl and she go away to school,” raps Mike, using a wrestling metaphor (“selling”, or playing up, the pain inflicted by an opponent) to interrogate the concept of masculinity.
Watch the video for “No Selling” here: http://bit.ly/2zxAk4b
The video is directed by Brent Bishop, shot by Chloe Weaver, and edited by Gregory F. Tuzin. The song is produced by Kenny Segal.
Mike is wrapping up the initial leg of his 'The Tour of the Robert Taylor Homes Tour' this week, including a homecoming show in LA tonight. Several dates on the run sold out.
Praise for ‘Brick Body Kids Still Daydream’:
“Armed with a caustic wit and a poetic eye, Open Mike Eagle builds a small, quiet monument to a housing project in Chicago across a diverse and singular piece of contemporary hip-hop.” - Pitchfork
"Open Mike Eagle fuses the source and its voice [The Robert Taylor Homes], literally becoming the building as he delivers a defiant blues." – NPR
“[Open Mike Eagle’s] headiest yet…Masterfully adds a ‘historical’ circle to hip-hop’s powerful Venn diagram of the personal and political.” – Rolling Stone
"Lead single '95 Radios' is an instant classic...one of the most beautiful songs about listening to rap music on the radio you will ever hear." - VICE Noisey
“Epic…Eagle makes grand narrative connections across the album and does so through his skills as a storyteller and rapper with a sublimely confident flow.” - LA Times
“[Open Mike Eagle’s] best to date…Perfects the craft of the concept album.” - Uproxx
“a master of detailing the human condition…his most heartfelt work to date.” - Bandcamp
“[Open Mike Eagle’s] relatable wit…knives at an open wound.” - SPIN
“[Open Mike Eagle’s] most cohesive and emotionally potent work so far.” - The Needledrop
“Emotional social commentary with a graphic novel storytelling dreaminess.” – Splitsider
“Emphatically humanizing…Bold, powerful and deeply effective…Nothing short of art.” - Passion of the Weiss
“A timely chronicle of a community in crisis.” - Indypendent
“[Open Mike Eagle’s] latest triumph.” - Brooklyn Vegan
“Continues to separate himself from the pack as a fascinating figure in hip hop, one whose sense of humor and abundance of heart marks him a compelling voice to follow…” - Spectrum Culture
“[Open Mike Eagle’s] most consistently impressive album yet.” - The 405