The Jam – Episode 8 w/ special guest Open Mike Eagle

On this episode of The Jam we have emcee Open Mike Eagle. Mike is a Chi-town native that made his way to LA after college.  What started as a short stay before graduate school turned into a permanent West Coast residency and he became affiliated with the illustrious Project Blowed. Project Blowed was a place where many emcees from all over LA gathered to hone their skills as performers. Mike had a similar space like Blowed in Chicago called The Point; but, he soon saw that the West Coast way of emceeing was very different. He’s become part of various crews in LA, most notably Swim Team and Hellfyre Club, and is set to release his next album Dark Comedy on June 10th. In this podcast we talk about his hometown of Chicago, psychology, and his style of “Art Rap”.
Other topics include: Lime-A-Ritas, categorizing Hip Hop, economic segregation in Chicago, Camp-Lo, Ski Beats, and sexy album covers.

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LA EVENTS: Ohana Tree + QWAZAAR + Open Mike Eagle @ The Mezz Bar


QWAZAAR (Typical Cats // Bat Meets Blaine // G4)
w/ Silence (OuterLimitz/DirtyDigital/LeftHouse)


and featured artist: SPRFKR

The Mezz Bar
501 S. Spring Street
LA, CA. 90013
**located on the 2nd floor of the Alexandria Hotel**

Doors @ 9PM // 21+
$12 cover // $8 Pre-sale or
at door w/ donation of art supplies to Viva La Art! for children’s art workshops. (Donation could include a brand new pack of pencils, crayons, makers, sketchpads, paint etc.)

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Culture Connection: Malcolm’s “Must-Have” Music

In this episode of Culture Connection, Brother Malcolm shares with us some of the music he currently cannot live without. The records referenced in this episode are:

Pacific Standard Time – Slow Down – Poolside

Robert Glasper featuring Ledisi – Gonna Be Alright – Black Radio

Robert Glasper featuring King – Move Love – Black Radio

Tall Black Guy Move Love Remix

Kai Pineda – Speechless – Authentic Worship

Moodymann – Black Mahogani – Black Mahogani

Clams Casino – mixtape

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Marvin Sapp – I Win

Open Mike Eagle – 4NML HSPTL

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Movers & Shakers: A Chat With Open Mike Eagle (AUDIO)

Open Mike Eagle is a friend and member of the Black Is family and I recently got a chance to play catch up with him. Since our last chat, Mike has experienced great success in the past year on the underground rap scene with his latest album, Rappers Will Die Of Natural Causes. Now Mike finds himself preparing to visit Uganda to be a part of a hip-hop cultural exchange through the J.U.i.C.E. non-profit organization, and I wanted to find out more about this amazing experience he is embarking on. Listen in as KC and Open Mike Eagle chat about his upcoming trip and projects for 2012!

To make a contribution to Mike’s trip, visit Stay Classy.

Background track: 5ree Thinkers, Open Mike Eagle

Black Is…Open Mike Eagle

As y’all know we are picky with our eardrums over here at Black Is. Open Mike Eagle is one of LA’s extraordinary MC’s, (though he is Chi-town born and bred) and his latest single, “Nightmares” is one the BI family cannot stop listening to. If you can catch this brother live, that’s a show you don’t want to miss. Not only will his lyrical content make you laugh, it will make you think. What better blend is there than hip-hop and food for thought? We are too proud to call him a member of the family. Listen up!