About Open Mike Eagle
Michael W. Eagle II ), better known by his stage name Open Mike Eagle, is an American hip hop artist and comedian. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he is now based in Los Angeles, California, where he is a member of the hip hop collective Project Blowed. He is also a member of Thirsty Fish and Swim Team.
Mike grew up in Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes and lived with his grandparents until he was 13 at which point he moved in with his mother. Mike also has a younger brother and sister. He attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and went on to Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he majored in psychology. There he became good friends with Hannibal Buress after being his resident adviser.
He did a year of grad school, but quickly moved to Los Angeles to live with his dad. He began working for AmeriCorps for six months before getting a job at a non-profit halfway house. As he continued to work odd jobs, Mike rapped as a hobby before discovering Project Blowed and then creating Thirsty Fish.
Open Mike Eagle, with Dumbfoundead and Psychosiz, formed the rap trio Thirsty Fish. They released the first album Testing the Waters in 2007 and the second album Watergate on Mush Records in 2011. All three members of Thirsty Fish are also co-founders of the battle crew Swim Team. In 2008, Swim Team released the mixtape Ocean's 11.
In 2010, Open Mike Eagle released his first solo album, Unapologetic Art Rap, on Mush Records. The album features Nocando, Busdriver, and Serengeti. His second album, Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes, was released on Hellfyre Club in 2011. It features vocal contributions from P.O.S and MC Paul Barman.
In 2012, he released an album, 4nml Hsptl, on Fake Four Inc. It is entirely produced by Awkward. In that year, he co-authored and participated in a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health that observed the locations of increased brain activity during freestyle rapping.
In 2014, he released an album, Dark Comedy. In 2016, he released Hella Personal Film Festival, a collaborative album with Paul White. In 2017, he released Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, a concept album about the Robert Taylor Homes, a public housing project in Chicago, Illinois. It was placed at number 34 on Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2017" list, as well as number 49 on Pitchfork's "50 Best Albums of 2017" list. In 2018, he released an EP, What Happens When I Try to Relax.
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