It’s been implied in the three previous posts for Open Mike Eagle, but I’m going to lay it out there for you: his new album, Rappers Will Die Of Natural Causes, is fantastic. And if you dig forward-thinking, West Coast hip-hop, you would be a fool to pass it up. Driving that point home is this in-studio performance of album-opener “The Processional,” a mellow, heavily lyrical joint from the L.A. rapper. If you’re not instantly taken by his melodic falsetto flow and the crackling beat, you’ll no doubt be stuck on his rhymes that reference ’97-era Weezer, the pain that comes with opening for MF DOOM, and tough-talking rappers who should “keep the gun in [their] sock drawer.”
Rappers Will Die Of Natural Causes is out now.