Open Mike Eagle has released Anime, Trauma and Divorce, his first solo full-length in three years.
On the 12-track record, OME opens up about and reflects upon his life, on everything from career setbacks to the end of his marriage. In a press statement, the Chicago native revealed it was his therapist who encouraged him to channel his emotions into music.
“Before the world went to shit I was already in the middle of a few personal [crises],” he said. “Shit had gone haywire personally and professionally and my therapist had to remind me that I have an outlet to process some of my shit in rap music. So, I made a bunch of painful rap songs and [producer] Jacknife Lee was kind enough to help me make good music out of them. Maybe it can help other people too. It probably won’t but maybe.”
Besides Jacknife Lee, the album also features production by frequent collaborators such as Gold Panda and Caleb Stone. The LP also includes assists from Video Dave, Kari Faux and Little A$e, as well as previously released songs like “Death Parade.”
Listen to Anime, Trauma and Divorce below: