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Review: Open Mike Eagle Offers Impressionistic History Lesson

Our take on ‘Brick Body Kids Still Daydream,’ the latest from the Chicago-born rapper

Review: Open Mike Eagle, 'Brick Body Kids Still Daydream'

Open Mike Eagle's latest album is 'Brick Body Kids Still Daydream.'

Emari Traffie

Motormouthed rapper Open Mike Eagle has gotten raves
for albums that explore the comedy of neurosis. His new one, easily his
headiest, is a concept LP built around Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes, a famously
mismanaged housing project destroyed 10 years ago. Eagle impressionistically
inserts himself into events real and imagined. “We live in a space that
should have never existed,” he raps. The results add a historical angle to
hip-hop’s powerful mix of the personal and political.        

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