Chicago rapper Open Mike Eagle’s fourth album ‘Dark Comedy’ approaches its 13 tracks like a stand-up comedy set, using humour to take on a variety of concerns and issues, from rap stereotypes and wiping his son’s ass to recession and Facebook-logging his favourite sandwiches.
However, the use of humour doesn’t make ‘Dark Comedy’ a spoof album. Eagle’s skill is in being relatable to the listener, approaching issues that could otherwise be interpreted as controversial with a soft-spoken and melodic flow that never comes off as preachy or aggressive.
Words: Grant Brydon
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