Dark Comedy Meets the Note Shaker: Open Mike Eagle and Paul White Link Up

The new OME single, the first taste from an album produced entirely by Paul White.
By    February 5, 2016

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Chris Daly knows a good festivus when he sees one. 

To quote a bard, “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”  As true as the words were when first spoke by Ferris Bueller back in 1986, they feel even more so today, with the constant barrage of social media everywhere one turns.  Open Mike Eagle feels this pain, adroitly dropping knowledge on today’s fast paced, “what’s next” mentality in the popping “Check to Check,” the advance single from the forthcoming Hella Personal Film Festival.

Due March 25th, OME employed the talents of Paul White, the overseas heir to Prince Paul and Madlib.  Anyone familiar with the British producer knows of his love of the quirky and quixotic, as evidenced on such previous master works as The Strange Dreams of Paul White and Rapping with Paul White. White has a penchant for deep crate digging, and his general source material of the odd and off-kilter seem such an obvious and perfect fit for our favorite otherground backpacker that I’m surprised the two haven’t already done an album together.

On “Check to Check,” the vibe is sped up, as the author is torn constantly from one sensory overload to the next, jumping from checking his cell phone for texts to checking the road to make sure his ride rides correct.  OME’s lyrical dexterity remains the equivalent of rolling triple sixes on one’s character sheet, and White matches him step for step.

Between this and Adrian Younge’s Something About April II, it’s looking to be a great year for completely fictitious movies.  If Hollywood is truly serious about diversity, look no further.

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