Talib Kweli & Open Mike Eagle On MF Doom, Anime, Project Blowed, & Superheroes | People's Party Full
In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli," Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer, actor and podcaster:
OPEN MIKE EAGLE
Here's what we got into with the emcee who carved out a whole new lane for himself with "art rap":
• How he feels about being labeled a rapper/comedian.
• His hometown of Southside Chicago and the notorious Robert Taylor Homes.
• The variations in rap styles of the South and West sides of Chicago.
• Assimilating into the Los Angeles scene after his move.
• Breaking down the concept of his song 'Sweatpants Spiderman'.
• Meeting his close friend comedian Hannibal Buress in college.
• His history of teaching during the day and rapping at night.
• The Project Blowed scene in LA as an open-mic workshop for emcees.
• Mike's affinity for De La Soul and the Native Tongues movement.
• The reasons why he titled his album 'Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes'.
• His album 'Dark Comedy' and it's themes critiquing problems in society.
• Participating in a scientific study on how freestyling affects brain waves.
• The history behind the Eurocentric leanings of anime.
• Loving the freedom that comes from doing his own podcasts.
• The work he's done on the hit cartoon 'Adventure Time'.
• Why he felt his show 'The New Negroes' didn't get picked up for a second season.
• The history of 'hotep' being a term of endearment to being one of slander.
• Who would win in a 'woke off' between Mike and Talib.
• Mike's experiences performing during quarantine on zoom.
• Dissecting Mike's album 'Anime Trauma + Divorce'.