In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli", Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer, actor, and podcaster:
OPEN MIKE EAGLE
Here's what they got into with the emcee who carved out a whole new lane for himself with "art rap":
- How he feels about being labeled a rapper/comedian
- His hometown of Southside Chicago and the notorious Robert Taylor Homes
- The variations in rap styles of the South and West sides of Chicago
- Assimilating into the Los Angeles scene after his move
- Breaking down the concept of his song "Sweatpants Spiderman"
- Meeting his close friend comedian Hannibal Buress in college
- His history of teaching during the day and rapping at night
- The Project Blowed scene in LA as an open-mic workshop for emcees
- Mike's affinity for De La Soul and the Native Tongues movement
- The reasons why he titled his album 'Rappers Will Die Of Natural Causes'
- His album 'Dark Comedy' and it's themes critiquing problems in society
- Participating in a scientific study on how freestyling affects brain waves
- The history behind the Eurocentric leanings of anime
- Loving the freedom that comes from doing his own podcasts
- The work he's done on the hit cartoon "Adventure Time"
- Why he felt his show, "The New Negroes", didn't get picked up for a second season
- The history of 'hotep' being a term of endearment to being one of slander
- Who would win in a 'woke off' between Mike and Talib
- Mike's experiences performing during quarantine on zoom
- Dissecting Mike's album 'Anime Trauma + Divorce'