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Five Track Friday #115


Wiki feat. Earl Sweatshirt – All I Need

The Alchemist feat. Vince Staples – 6 Five Heartbeats

YUNGMORPHEUS & Eyedress – Red Spheres

Lukah feat. Boldy James – STIGMATA

99 Neighbors – Trunk

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Five Track Friday #114


DJ Mugs & CRIMEAPPLE – Tony 2C

Mark Battles – Redemption Freestyle

Blu – Because the Sky Is Blu(e)

Solemn Brigham – Keep the Hope

Larry June & Cardo – Gas Station Run

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Five Track Friday #113


Westside Gunn feat. Benny the Butcher & Conway the Machine – Hell on Earth, Pt. 2

Marlon Craft – Dead-ish

The Grouch & Eligh – Handball

D Smoke – Better Half

Moor Mother feat. lojii – Shekere

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The Latest Playlist: 2021 Notable Tracks Part V


lojii – keep_it_real

Theravada – Chance of Flurries

The Alchemist ft. Pink Siifu & Maxo – Holy Hell

Moor Mother ft. BFLY – Vera Hall

Chester Watson – Sunbeam

Blvck Svm – Moses

K.A.A.N. – Momentum

Evidence ft. Navy Blue – Pray With an A

Benny the Butcher ft. Conway the Machine & Rick Hyde – Pyrex Picasso

illmac – HELL IF I DON’T CHANGE MY WAYS

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Five Track Friday #112


Brandon Tory – Tribe

AZ – Just 4 U

Common feat. PJ – Star Of The Gang

Brother Ali – Minutes

Injury Reserve – Bye Storm

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Five Track Friday #111


K.A.A.N. – Quieroz

Bee Lyte – Road To Riches

L’Orange – Durbin Was A Trap House

Little Simz – Protect My Energy

Benny the Butcher feat. Conway the Machine – Fly With Me

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Five Track Friday #110


G Perico – 5 Freeway

Grip feat. Royce da 5’9″ – Placebo

Flee Lord & Roc Marciano – Slow Down

Blvck Svm & Sheri A – Vetements Vision

Drake – 7am On Bridle Path

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Artist Appreciation Post: Open Mike Eagle

The Latest Playlist: Open Mike Eagle

*Track listing at bottom of post


Check the latest playlist to hear my favorite tracks from one of the most unique emcees over the past 12 years.

Open Mike Eagle has built a successful career on making unconventional rap music. Nobody raps like OME. His authentic personality shines through his music, highlighting both his dry sense of humor and clever takes on social observations. Much of his writing feels like unfiltered but deeply considered journaling that’s often decorated with irony and satire.  

Open Mike Eagle has had a highly productive career to date, releasing solo projects on a yearly basis since 2010. Early in his career he coined the fitting phrase/sub-genre of “Art Rap” in reference to his work.  His full body of work illustrates not only his growth as a musician but as a person, in a way that is more revealing than most. His lyrical content isn’t the only part of his music that is unique. OME continues to sound different. He delivers most of his verses in a smooth mellow tone that comes off conversational or contemplative, at times singing through portions of songs.

To refer to OME as strictly a rapper would be incredibly shortsighted. Open Mike Eagle has developed into not only a versatile musician, but also a prolific entertainer. He does a great deal of podcasting, comedy, and even performs as a wrestler. He recently acquired his own show on BET & Comedy Central titled The New Negroes, in which he and Baron Vaughn host a series of black comedians, capped with music videos of some truly iconic Open Mike Eagle collaborations, including DOOM, Danny Brown, Method Man and more.

Open Mike Eagle has been in my top 5 for 10 years, and none of his releases have disappointed. He doesn’t show any signs of decline in his work, and I continue to look forward to his next projects.


Notable OME Music Videos

Celebrity Reduction Prayer

Hymnal

Unfiltered


The Latest Playlist: Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle – I Rock

Open Mike Eagle – Last Night

Open Mike Eagle – One Day

Open Mike Eagle feat. Gold Panda – Ziggy Starfish (Anxiety Raps)

Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Smiling (Quirky Race Doc)

Open Mike Eagle & Jeremiah Jae – A History of Modern Dance

Open Mike Eagle feat. Sammus – Hymnal

Open Mike Eagle – Microfiche

Open Mike Eagle – Wtf is Self Care

Open Mike Eagle – The Financial Crisis That Wouldn’t Go Away

Open Mike Eagle feat. P.O.S. – Why Pianos Break

Open Mike Eagle – Qualifiers

Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy Late Show

Open Mike Eagle – Apologies

Open Mike Eagle – Rent Party Revolution (Taco Neck Remix)

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Five Track Friday #109


Killah Priest – 95 Bodega

Westside Gunn feat. Stove God Cooks – Mariota

Mickey Factz, Blu & Nottz – Roll Up

Aloeight feat. Ransom, K.J., Elzhi & Ill Conscious – Gospel

Curren$y – Everything We Wanted

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The Latest Playlist: 2021 Notable Tracks Part IV


Topaz Jones – D.I.A.L.

Smino & Saba – Plead The .45th

Nyck Caution – Dirt On Your Name

slowthai, Dominic Fike & Denzel Curry – terms

Isaiah Rashad feat. Jay Rock & Jay Worthy – True Story

Ja’king the Divine – Honor Killed the Samurai

Declaime & Madlib – Out Like Dat

PremRock – Death on the Installment Plan

MAVI – Time Travel

Rigz feat. Ransom – Da Predicament

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