EP Review | Open Mike Eagle – What Happens When I Try to Relax

This EP was released on October 19th this year. The last project I reviewed from Open Mike Eagle was 2014’s Dark Comedy, which was one of the best releases of that year. I thought that record was amazing. I didn’t end up reviewing any of his following albums, but I did listen to them. The A Special Episode Of EP is just as amazing as Dark Comedy. I didn’t like Hella Personal Film Festival nearly as much, but it was still pretty solid. Brick Body Kids Still Daydream was better. It’s a really dope album. I’ve never heard a project from Open Mike Eagle that I didn’t like. I’m expecting this EP to be really great.

1. Relatable (Peak OME) produced by Nedarb

The beat on this song is dope af. It’s a bit harder than the average OME beat in my opinion. The first verse is pretty dope. The structure of this song is pretty simplistic. It’s just two verses. There’s no hook or bridge or anything like that. He uses the same flow for the entire song. It’s not really a bad thing. This song was released as a single before this EP came out, so I’ve heard it already. I don’t really have any issues with it. It’s a great song. I really love the production, and Mike did his thing on both of the verses. It’s really dope.

2. Every Single Thing produced by DJ Nobody & Eureka the Butcher

Much like the previous song, this track has kind of a spacey, airy beat with hard hitting percussion. The first verse is pretty solid. The hook’s catchy too. That line about black nazi’s in the second verse was great. I think I might like this track even more than the opening song. The production on the previous track was better, but I’m more impressed by Mike’s performance on this song than I was on the previous one. It has a less simplistic structure. The hook is great, and so are the verses. This track is dope.

3. Microfiche produced by Open Mike Eagle

I love the chill, muffled production on this track. It’s cool that he produced this song himself. I didn’t know he knew how to make beats. His flow on the first verse is really dope. The imagery in the first verse of him wearing a loincloth with a tie is humorous. I like how he name dropped Bulma & Vegeta in the final verse too. The hook is pretty dope. This is another good song. I don’t have any problems with it. I fuck with this track. It’s dope.

4. Single Ghosts produced by Mono/Poly

The beat on this track is dope. The content is kinda weird though. I think he’s rapping about dating a person who seems like a ghost. It’s cool that he dropped this around Halloween. The hook is nothing special, but it works. The verses are all pretty good. I liked the reference to the Ghostbusters theme song at the end of the track. This is yet another good song. It’s probably my least favorite track on the project so far, but I definitely don’t think it’s bad at all. It’s just not quite as good as the other songs to me. I still enjoyed it though. It’s dope.

5. Southside Eagle (93 Bulls) produced by Dead Boy Yo

The beat on this track is cool. The hook is really simplistic, but it works. Mike killed the first verse. It was cool how he bragged about being featured on every podcast that he listens to. The second verse was good. I like this song more than the previous track. I’m still not really blown away though. It’s a good song. I wouldn’t call it “great,” but I still really enjoyed it. I don’t have any problems with it. This is dope to me.

6. Maybe Gang (An Initiation) produced by Nedarb

The beat on this track is pretty similar to that of the first song, which makes sense I guess since it’s produced by the same person. I just listened to this entire song. It’s cool. I don’t really have anything to say about it though. The verses were both pretty short. The hook’s pretty good. Yeah… I really don’t know what to say about this one. It’s just another good song. It’s definitely not my favorite song, but it’s pretty cool. I fuck with it. It’s dope.

This is a really good EP, but I wouldn’t call it “great.” There weren’t any songs on this project that really blew me away. There’s not a single wack song here though. The production sounded kinda like Electronic influenced Cloud Rap. It was cool of him to try to rap over some different sounding beats. I’ve never really been into Cloud Rap though. There’s really nothing bad about this EP. It just didn’t amaze me like a lot of his other material. It’s dope though. I fuck with this project.

Favorite Song: Microfiche
Least Favorite Song: Single Ghosts




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