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Open Mike Eagle’s creative super powers fueled by microdosing

February 19, 2019
Open Mike Eagle has appeared on albums by Czarface, MF DOOM, Kool Keith, Aesop Rock, Busdriver, and many more. (Courtesy Open Mike Eagle)
Over the course of a half dozen albums, Open Mike Eagle has carved out a niche for himself in the world of contemporary hip-hop with his unique blend of gallows humor and visceral social commentary.

His most recent album, 2017’s Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, is no exception: a brilliant and biting account of the history of Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes housing project, it is not without a sense of playfulness and humor.

Often, that whimsy is rooted in cannabis; whether he’s hitting his G-Pen, ruminating on stoned white rappers dropping racial epithets or just playing Halo, Eagle’s love of cannabis provides flashes of levity that sharply offset his bleak pronouncements.

“I would encourage people to listen to my music high,” he said. “‘Cus I listen to my own music high a lot. It’s one of my favorite things to do is get high and listen to my own music.”

Eagle’s deft tragicomic storytelling has not gone unnoticed; he has toured the world several times over, gained critical acclaim and appeared, last year, on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. On a recent morning in New York, we caught up with Eagle to talk about his earliest experiences with cannabis, his love of taking planes under the influence, his edible of choice, and more.

Listen to our conversation with Eagle below, and be sure to check out his website to see when his upcoming world tour will bring him to a city near you.

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The Hash, Season 4, Episode 6: Open Mike Eagle.

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Open Mike Eagle’s Senzu Beans, by Kiva. (Courtesy Kiva)

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