“If not reparations give me free Black therapy
And tell people you’re scared of them it makes them act scarily”
With his new tour kicking off in Brooklyn tonight, Open Mike Eagle gets things started with a video for “Smiling (Quicky Race Doc)” — a highlight from his and UK producer Paul White’s Hella Personal Film Festival album.
Based on the premise that melanin lacking individuals only smile when the “black man” is on stage, the talented DMV rhymer battles mean mug after mean mug as he drifts through the city’s landscape.
Check out the Alex Clark-directed clip above, grab the album on iTunes, and be sure to catch Mike in a city near you.
9/7: Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
9/8: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Gold Panda
9/9: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall w/ Gold Panda
9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ Gold Panda
9/11: Montreal, QC @ Newspeak w/ Gold Panda
9/14: Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club w/ Gold Panda
9/15: Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig w/ Gold Panda
9/16: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Gold Panda
9/17: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Gold Panda
9/18: Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre w/ Gold Panda
9/24: Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good Festival
10/22: Temecula, CA @ Sorrel
11/4-11/6: Mcdade, TX @ Sound on Sound Festival