The Latest Greatest, 3/14/11
The latest bleep on the LA underground hip hop radar is this brand new album from Swim Team/Thirsty Fish affiliate Open Mike Eagle, entitled "Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes." Out of the solo material to emerge from Swim Team thus far, Open Mike Eagle and Sahtyre have stood out to me the most, with Open Mike dropping the ill "Unapologetic Art Rap" last year as well as the dope free follow-up EP "Art Rap After Party." Open Mike Eagle's smoothed-out borderline spoken word style and intricate pop culture lyricism definitely have an original flair to them, so here's hoping his trend of quality albums continues with this release. "Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes" drops April 26th on NoCanDo's imprint Hellfyre Club. Here's an Open Mike Eagle track from a recent Hellfyre Club mixtape that may or may not end up on the full length... it doesn't grab me as much as some of his previous numbers on an initial listen, but I'd have to hear it in the context of an actual album to really be able to judge.
Open Mike Eagle-Silent Protest by Hellfyre Club