Have 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 Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, one of the very best rap albums of 2017.
“When I get nervous, say something relatable/ I’m hella relatable,” Open Mike Eagle raps on “Relatable (peak OME).” “It’s too complicated for a quick explanation,” he explains in a statement. “It’s about a lot of things. It’s about expectations of form, anxiety, middle age and middle class. and that’s just the parts I know how to put into words a couple months after writing it.”
What Happens When I Try to Relax isn’t the only project that Open Mike Eagle has coming up. The New Negroes, a stand-up and musical variety show with comedian Baron Vaughn based on their live comedy show of the same name, will air its first season on Comedy Central next year. Prepare yourself for that by listening to “Relatable (peak OME)” below.
09/27 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House
09/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Adult Swim Festival
10/19 Den Haag, Netherlands @ Paard
10/20 Darmstadt, Germany @ Oetinger Villa
10/21 Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
10/22 Berlin, Germany @ Kantine Am Berghain
10/23 Prague, Czech Republic @ Stings of Autumn Festival
10/24 Warszawa, Poland @ Smolna 38
10/25 Barcelona, Spain @ Arrte
10/26 Paris, France @ Centre Culturel Hip Hop
11/05 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
11/06 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
11/08 Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
11/12 Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport
11/13 Tempe, AZ @ Coca-Cola Sun Deck at Sun Devil Stadium
11/16 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
11/17 Houston, TX @ The Bronze Peacock at House of Blues Houston
11/18 Dallas, TX @ Dada DaLLAS
11/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
What Happens When I Try to Relax doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s on its way.