Open Mike Eagle’s New TV Show To Feature MF DOOM, Phonte & Method Man
Chicago, Illinois MC Open Mike Eagle has inserted wit and drama into his music for years. The artist behind such releases as 2016’s Hella Personal Film Festival (with producer Paul White), 2017’s Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, and last year’s What Happens When I Try To Relax EP has partnered with Comedy Central for stand-up comedy series The New Negroes.
The series, taking its name from a text by Alain Locke, will make its debut on the network April 19, with a simulcast on BET. According to Pitchfork, it will feature guests of Hip-Hop peers including Method Man, MF DOOM, Phonte, Danny Brown, Lizzo, and past Open Mike collaborator, comedian Hannibal Buress.
“That book was a collection of essays, poetry, fiction, and music from a generation of emerging artists credited with launching the Harlem Renaissance,” Mike wrote in a statement with creative partner Baron Vaughn. “It was a place where Black people could define themselves instead of being defined by others. Our show aspires to do the same with stand-up comedy, music, and music videos. We’re paying homage to that original movement by inviting comedians and musicians to do what they do best: speak.” A trailer released:
Songs will be released in conjunction with each episode. This year, Mike, who has worked extensively with Mello Music Group, has appeared on albums by Blockhead and Pan Amsterdam.