Let’s be real, some live rap is difficult to parse. Unpolished artists are bound to lack enunciation, be drowned out by violent beats, or contain lyricism that makes you wish it were. Open Mike Eagle proved these pitfalls unfit for modern art rap with a buttery-yet-fiery set at the dawn of Treefort Music Festival weekend.
Open Mike Eagle adopted quite the time slot. Sandwiched between the emotional downpour of Rituals of Mine and WHY?, he filled the dark, sweat-laden El Korah Shrine with vocal visuals of our dystopian social and political realities – yes, precisely the ones we were trying to avoid by attending a local music festival – exquisitely glazed in booming drums and wispy beats.
It was anything but a soothing intermission but, despite some of the sobering subtopics, Treefort-goers were keen to Open Mike Eagle’s clever and hazy soundscapes. Anyone roused by his style should check out his Hellfyre Club or Mush Records confederates such as Busdriver, Serengeti and previously Anderson.Paak.