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Open Mike Eagle: Dark Comedy

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One famous Oscar Wilde aphorism claimed: "if you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise, they'll kill you." Open Mike Eagle lacks the capacity to tell anything but the truth. In a nation that prizes self-aggrandizing buffoons and artful liars, morbid humor might be the sanest response-a tourniquet to stop the toxicity from spreading.

If this sounds heavy, it's probably because it is. Dark Comedy, the Mello Music debut from the critically revered Los Angeles rapper, is mostly about the failure of Karl Marx's Proletariat Revolution. Yet its brilliance stems less from the novelty of its ideas than from the ingenuity of its wordplay, its caustic whimsy, and infectious melodies.

Opening track "Dark Comedy Morning Show" operates as a shorthand manifesto. For those who haven't heard, Eagle's bad at sarcasm, so he works in absurdity (when trying not to wish death on the upper class). The airing of grievances includes racial stereotypes, inner-city warfare and Facebook logging all of his favorite sandwiches. It's Slug's "Modern Man's Hustle" if the Atmosophere frontman had been haunted by James Baldwin's ghost instead of heavily tattooed exes.

Lead single "Qualifiers" finds Eagle subverting the notions of traditional rap braggadocio and lyrical terrain. His revolution isn't just some abstract political ideals, but at the crux of his approach to art. This is intended to dump Coconut Water and whiskey on the unsuspecting heads of those with false ideas of authenticity or what rap should be.

Lest you mistake him for a meditating yoga-panted rapper, the rapper raised on the Southside of Chicago, wields wordplay as sharp and weird as any of his peers. He proclaims himself "the King of all rappers who don't condone date rape." Molotov Cocktails are helpfully tossed from fellow conspirators Kool AD and comedian, Hannibal Burress.

Former hockey star Luc Robataille is rhymed with the Kobra Kai Dojo from Karate Kid. In the same breath, Eagle cracks about being too old to die. It's absurdity in the sense that Joseph Heller deployed it in Catch 22. He will live forever or die in the attempt.

If you're just tuning into Eagle's stellar career on album number four, the LA Weekly anointed him last year as the hottest thing in indie rap. Pitchfork called him a "whiz with matching easy-going hooks to intimate personal reflection." But Dark Comedy could be the best thing he's ever done-a record that captures the perennial struggle between art and commerce, the last half-century of widening class rift, and the need to be funny or die.

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1. Dark Comedy Morning Show
featuring Toy Light
Producers: Toy Light
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2. Qualifiers
Producers: Taco Neck
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3. Thirsty Ego Raps
Producers: Illingsworth
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4. Golden Age Raps
Producers: Cohen Beats
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5. Very Much Money (Ice King Dream)
Producers: Ultra Combo
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6. Doug Stamper (Advice Raps)
featuring Hannibal Burress
Producers: Alpha MC
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7. Jon Lovitz (Fantasy Booking Yarn)
Producers: Dibia$e (Dibiase)
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8. Idaho
Producers: Kenny Segal
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9. Sadface Penance Raps
Producers: Alpha MC
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10. A History of Modern Dance
Producers: Jeremiah Jae
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11. Deathmate Black
Producers: Driver (aka Busdriver)
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12. Informations
featuring Kool AD (of Das Racist)
Producers: Elos
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13. Big Pretty Bridges (3 Days Off In Albuquerque)
Producers: Toy Light
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Name: (Posted: 7/26/2014 3:09:00 AM; Partial IP: 233.63.246)
Location: New York
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Name: (Posted: 6/22/2014 6:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 63.197.134)
Location: San Jose, CA
Comment: Agree w/ Daniel on this one - great album. Been the go to album all month.
Name: (Posted: 6/22/2014 6:32:00 PM; Partial IP: 02.110.176)
Location: SF
Comment: Maybe it's just because I'm in Cali, but everywhere (San Diego to The Bay) is up on Open Mike out here.
Name: (Posted: 6/22/2014 6:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 02.110.176)
Location: SF
Comment: Top 3 Albums of the Year. So far Dark Comedy, plus Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, and Black Milk Glitches in The Break.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/21/2014 6:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 63.197.157)
Location: NY to London
Comment: Open Mike Eagle has such a unique style, love it though. Some LA sh*t for sure.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/19/2014 2:01:00 PM; Partial IP: 02.110.176)
Location: Encinitas
Comment: Funny, refined, deep lyrical content, social message, OME is one of the few rappers able to spit truth without relating that to corny self-induced hardship and exile. Amazing album.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/18/2014 1:43:00 AM; Partial IP: 110.226.61)
Location: Amiens
Comment: Open Mike Eagle stepped it up a notch on this one - All his stuff was good, but this is really next level. Album of the Year IMO.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/17/2014 12:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 77.253.159)
Location: az
Comment: This is definitely an acquired taste , this is different than most hip hop and requires an open mind. Fans of Busdriver, AWOL One and anything by Anticon records should feel this!
Name: (Posted: 5/21/2014 7:28:00 PM; Partial IP: 1.220.3.10)
Location: North Star State
Comment: Nobody as original as Open Mike Eagle in Hip-Hop right now. The first few tracks off the record sound fresh - excited to hear the track with Hannibal Buress (dude is hilarious).
Name: (Posted: 5/9/2014 2:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 84.247.143)
Location: Indeedville
Comment: Mind you: Nocando is still a herb. But, actually I liked how OME attacked the tracks, gave it that classic 90s Pharcyde feel. I ain't mad, so I will reverse my no to a yes... for now.
Name: (Posted: 5/9/2014 11:51:00 AM; Partial IP: 84.247.143)
Location: Uh uh!
Comment: I can't stand Open Mic Eagle or his goofy sloppy tongued delivery azz brother Nocando. Corny corny corny & still stuck on indy via 2001 mode. Go cop the new Onyx or AOTP or something.
Name: (Posted: 5/8/2014 3:06:00 PM; Partial IP: 23.121.165)
Location: the woods
Comment: Can't wait for this. OME is easily one of the illest. Can't wait for the kool ad collab and the production from Kenny Segal and Driver.
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