Open Mike Eagle
Dark Comedy


4.0
excellent

Review

by ParanoidAndroid96 USER (7 Reviews)
January 14th, 2015 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “I’m pretty sure I self-deprecate for your benefit.”

Over the past couple of years, rap collective and label out of Los Angeles Hellfyre Club, founded by rapper and producer Nocando, have been gaining steady momentum. Members of Hellfyre Club include abstract spoken word rapper milo and genre bending hip-hop scientist Busdriver. Open Mike Eagle has emerged as one of Hellfyre Club’s strongest members with his witty word play and clever name dropping. In the albums proceeding Dark Comedy, Open Mike has been no stranger to experimentation in his music. 2011’s Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes and 2012’s 4NML HSPTL featured many “broken” sounding instrumentals giving his music a lingering dark atmosphere, even when the lyrical content isn’t such. Dark Comedy comes off similar to Open Mike’s previous efforts, but sharper which makes this album one of the better rap projects of 2014.

Dark Comedy opens with the title track “Dark Comedy Morning Show,” featuring vocals from experimental R&B artist Toy Light. This song exemplifies Open Mike’s rapping style. “For those who haven’t heard of me / I’m as bad as sarcasm so I work in absurdity” and ”Cause Google knows what’s in my cabinets / And Facebook logs all of my favorite sandwiches / And what they need the damn data for / To analyze the *** they’d need a whole ‘nother labor force” are just some of the satirical and intelligent rhymes the listener will come across in this song and throughout the album. The instrumental on the track is atmospheric and optimizes Open Mike’s delivery. “Thirsty Ego Raps” is another song jam packed with amusing lyrics like how Open Mike wants to dress like jazz artist Sun Ra and claiming that he is the president of rappers that don’t approve of date rape, in response to the infamous Rick Ross verse on “U.O.E.N.O.” Easily one of the funniest songs off Dark Comedy, “Doug Stamper (Advice Raps)” has Open Mike spitting joke after joke and also has an impressive guest verse from comedian Hannibal Burress. Burress on the song hilariously calls out LeBron James for using Human Growth Hormones and people who pay for porn websites, amongst others.

The second track on Dark Comedy, “Qualifiers,” has Open Mike singing and is definitely one of the brighter songs on the album. His singing at first may seem hit and miss and does take some getting used to, but the lyricism makes up for when the singing does fall short and adds a catchier quality to some of the songs, such as “Very Much Money (Ice King Dream).”

The production on Dark Comedy does take characteristics from previous Open Mike records, but refines them into a more complete product. The beats on this album have some of the best instrumentals I’ve heard Open Mike go over, like “A History of Modern Dance” and “Big Pretty Bridges (3 Days off in Albuquerque).” They stay true to his sound, but fit comfortably with his rapping style.

Some of the tracks do lack execution, especially towards the second half of the record. Songs like “Jon Lovitz (Fantasy Booking Yarn)” and “Deathmate Black” sound a little too similar to the rest of Dark Comedy for me to enjoy them to their fullest, but these tracks are still very listenable.

Dark Comedy shows Open Mike Eagle at his best, at least so far in his young career. His personality and presence at the microphone is extremely entertaining. This album possesses a good amount of substance lyrically and production wise and warrants multiple listens. Every time this record gets a spin the listener is bound to pick up something new, whether that be a clever quotable or an interesting beat even if the music does lose some steam when listening front to back. With this album, Open Mike Eagle has cemented himself as one of the most valuable players in the Hellfyre camp.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ParanoidAndroid96
January 14th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and here's the bandcamp https://openmikeeagle360.bandcamp.com/album/dark-comedy

always support your music homies

HenchmanOfSanta
January 15th 2015


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah dude, this album is sick. He's opening for Doomtree and I'm unbelievably hyped.

ParanoidAndroid96
January 15th 2015


1393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that sounds rad homie. and just in case you haven't heard, this single he dropped is amazing

https://soundcloud.com/mellomusicgroup/open-mike-eagle-late-show-prod-exile

Calc
February 21st 2015


16704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not sure how this doesn't have way more comments...

Digging: Origami Button - No Parking

HenchmanOfSanta
February 21st 2015


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Having just seen this dude live last night it's honestly embarrassing how little hype he gets.

FLCL
March 4th 2015


85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album and great review too

TheCrocodile
January 8th 2016


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

closer on this is so fucking amazing

Ryus
June 28th 2016


23104 Comments


Legal opiates, having yourself a fever dream
And you can watch a video of the bible's deleted scenes



i love abstract hip-hop artists like this with weird surreal lyricism chock-full of humorous non-sequiturs

Digging: woesum - blue summer

LotusFlower
June 28th 2016


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

if you havent, then Busdriver is next on your checklist.

Ryus
June 28th 2016


23104 Comments


busdriver rules too yeah

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2016


3627 Comments


Qualifiers is so good, need to finally listen to this and Perfect Hair.

TumsFestival
April 2nd 2017


2470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lil Wayne is an ancient African



Jay Z's been around since the 20's tho

Clefairy
May 6th 2019


118 Comments


this slaps



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