What Happens When I Try To Relax

Open Mike Eagle - What Happens When I Try To Relax
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2018 Ratings: #602
October 19, 2018 / Release Date
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The Needle Drop

What Happens When I Try to Relax is an interesting mini-chapter in the ongoing OME saga.

He's on his own label and self-distributing, and he sounds way better off for it! He's really let loose on these tracks, delivering major bars and thought-provoking songs once again.
This man Mike squashed his beef by winning a wrestling match, dropped an EP, and has a comedy central show in the works, and y'all still sleep on him?
This has serious EPOTY potential for me.
Open Mike Eagle’s latest EP is another solid addition to his discography and although the instrumentation is less than stellar on about half of these tracks, Mike’s always phenomenal lyrics and wordplay shine through to make this an EP that I’ve had on repeat the past few days to try to digest. “Every Single Thing” is one of the most skeletal songs OME has put out to this point and is like a dreamlike preaching by Mike to the audience, almost like a deity in a ... read more
OME takes a much more relaxed approach on this EP but still comes out with good work. The production is a lot less immediate than a lot of his past works but thats ok because it leaves room for Mike's lyrics to take center stage and he responds by dropping sick bar after sick bar. The sense of humor and thoughtfulness that define all OME projects is present across everyone of this six songs and thats enough for an EP coming one year after the dude dropped one of the most fully realized rap ... read more
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Track List

  1. Relatable (peak OME)
  2. Every Single Thing
  3. Microfiche
  4. Single Ghosts
  5. Southside Eagle
  6. Maybe Gang (An Initiation)
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Added on: October 15, 2018