The Year Of The EP… Or Is It An Album? Or Is It A “Project”?

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BoygeniusFor once, Vince Staples wasn’t sure what to say. Five days after dropping another incredible collection of songs, the Long Beach rapper and reigning Twitter MVP logged into his account and wrote, “I was about to tell y’all FM! not an album but I don’t even know what an album is anymore so … More »

25 Great EPs From 2018

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Best EPs Of 2018Every year, the parameters for this list get a little more specious. With the rise of streaming services and the decline of physical media, the distinctions between a 7″ and a 12″ have largely faded away. Today, everything is a “project” or a “collection” or (groan) a “playlist.” Artists are still releasing EPs in name, … More »

Open Mike Eagle – “Microfiche” Video

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Colin Kaepernick“It can all go away/ Just shut your eyes, it can all go away.” That’s the mantra on “Microfiche,” one of many incredible songs on Open Mike Eagle’s new EP / mini-album / “project” What Happens When I Try To Relax. The track is a simultaneously exasperated and soothing fever dream, with Eagle … More »

Open Mike Eagle & Milo’s Independent Journeys

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Open-Mike-EagleIt’s such an oddly specific and low-stakes flex: “I’ve been on every podcast that I listen to.” It’s also, presumably, an entirely true statement. If you’ve ever heard Open Mike Eagle on a podcast, you already know that he’s an ideal podcast guest: funny, gregarious, open-hearted, interested, informed enough to speak with some credibility on … More »

Stream Open Mike Eagle’s New Project What Happens When I Try To Relax

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Open Mike Eagle - What Happens When I Try To RelaxOpen Mike Eagle is super relatable. The gag on “Relatable (peak OME),” the lead single from his new project What Happens When I Try To Relax, is that he’s learned to cope with social anxiety by resorting to the most boilerplate small talk imaginable: “Remember that movie?” “I promise I really and truly remember you/ … More »

Open Mike Eagle Won His First-Ever Pro Wrestling Match Last Night, And Mick Foley Congratulated Him

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Open-Mike-EagleFor years, Open Mike Eagle has been one of the sharpest, most unique voices on the rap underground. But now he’s branching out into other art forms, as well. Mike Eagle has always been a huge and vocal pro wrestling fan. He co-hosts a wrestling podcast and occasionally uses the performative sport as More »

Brockhampton Make The Leap

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BrockhamptonBrockhampton have been calling themselves a boy band for years; that term is central to their self-presentation. It’s an inside joke. It’s a way to set the group apart from every other rap collective. It’s a way for the group to encourage the personality-cults that have emerged around all the vastly different Brockhampton members, some … More »

Open Mike Eagle – “Relatable (peak OME)”

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Open Mike EagleHave we reached peak Open Mike Eagle? Open Mike Eagle seems to think so. The Los Angeles underground rap veteran has just shared a new song called “Relatable (peak OME),” the first taste of his upcoming project What Happens When I Try to Relax. It’s his first release since last year’s cerebral, emotional concept album … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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I wrote the last one of these columns almost a month ago, so this is really the five best videos of the last three weeks. Don’t worry, though. Not that many videos came out during the holiday, and most of the ones that did come out weren’t that good. Some of them were, though, including … More »

Open Mike Eagle – “Hymnal” (Feat. Sammus) Video

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Open Mike Eagle’s cerebral, emotional concept album Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is one of the year’s best rap LPs. And it’s already produced a handful of music videos: “95 Radios,” “Brick Body Complex,” “No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretends It Don’t Hurt),” “Happy Wasteland Day.” Today, he’s got a new … More »