Michael W. Eagle II (born November 14, 1980), better known by his  stage name Open Mike Eagle, is an American alternative hip hop artist and comedian. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he is now based in Los Angeles, California, where he is a member of the hip hop collective  Project Blowed. He is also a member of  Thirsty Fish and Swim Team. 
Mike grew up in Chicago's
Robert Taylor Homes and lived with his grandparents until he was 13 at which point he moved in with his mother. Mike also has a younger brother and sister. He attended  Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and went on to Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he majored in psychology. There he became good friends with Hannibal Buress after being his resident adviser. 
He did a year of grad school, but quickly moved to Los Angeles to live with his dad. He began working for
AmeriCorps for six months before getting a job at a non-profit halfway house. As he continued to work odd jobs, Mike rapped as a hobby before discovering  Project Blowed and then creating Thirsty Fish. 
Open Mike Eagle, with
Dumbfoundead and Psychosiz, formed the rap trio Thirsty Fish. They released the first album in 2007 and the second album Testing the Waters on Mush Records in 2011. All three members of Thirsty Fish are also co-founders of the battle crew Swim Team. In 2008, Swim Team released the mixtape Watergate Ocean's 11.
In 2010, Open Mike Eagle released his first solo album,
, on Unapologetic Art Rap Mush Records. The album features  Nocando, Busdriver, and Serengeti. His second album,  Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes, was released on Hellfyre Club in 2011. It features vocal contributions from  P.O.S and MC Paul Barman.  In 2012, Open Mike Eagle released the album,  4nml Hsptl, on Fake Four Inc. It is entirely produced by Awkward.  
In 2012, he co-authored and participated in a study conducted by the
National Institutes of Health that observed the locations of increased brain activity during freestyle rapping. 
In 2014, Eagle released album
He followed that release with dual EPs Dark Comedy. A Special Episode Of and Time & Materials in 2015. In 2016, he released the album a collaboration with English producer/musician Hella Personal Film Festival, Paul White. In 2017, Eagle released his follow up LP , a concept album about the Brick Body Kids Still Daydream Robert Taylor Homes, a public housing project in Chicago, Illinois.  Brick Body was well reviewed by critics and ended up on many music publication's list of best albums of that year. 
Podcasts and Comedy
On June 13, 2014 & August 15, 2014, Mike Eagle appeared live on
Ron and Fez show.
Mike Eagle has expressed his appreciation for the
Cartoon Network animated television series . Adventure Time In June 2015, Eagle along with  John Moe, launched "Conversation Parade", a podcast in which the two discuss the show. The podcast has featured guests like Jeremy Shada (the voice of Finn the Human), John DiMaggio (the voice of Jake the Dog), Hynden Walch (the voice of Princess Bubblegum), and Adam Muto (the series' co-executive producer and showrunner), Kent Osborne ( Adventure Times head writer), Niki Yang (the voice of BMO and Lady Rainicorn), Olivia Olson (the voice of Marceline), Jesse Moynihan (former storyboard artist), Jessica DiCicco (the voice of Flame Princess), Elizabeth Ito (one of the show's supervising directors), and alternative country musician Neko Case. 
More recently, Open Mike Eagle podcasts regularly on his podcast
Secret Skin. 
Mike Eagle also co-hosts the pro-wrestling podcast
Tights and Fights with Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford on the Maximum Fun Network. 
Film & Television
Adventure Time's ninth season, he appeared in the episode "Son of Rap Bear," voicing a rapping gingerbread man. 
On April 18, 2017,
Comedy Central announced they were greenlighting The New Negroes, a stand-up and musical series co-hosted by Open Mike Eagle and Baron Vaughn. 
Open Mike Eagle will appear in the upcoming film
It's a Party, as "Cory Masters." 
He met his wife Tiffany at a
TransAfrica conference at UCLA and they have one son together. 
Style and influences
He has coined his own term for the style of some of his music, which he calls Art Rap. He has also stated that the alternative rock band
They Might Be Giants is a major influence. 
Art Rap After Party ( Mush Records, 2011)
Extended Nightmares Getdown: The Dark Blue Door (Hellfyre Club, 2011)
Rent Party Extension (Hellfyre Club, 2012)
Sir Rockabye (Hellfyre Club, 2013)
A Special Episode Of (Mello Music Group, 2015) Time & Materials (Mello Music Group, 2015) (with Serengeti, as Cavanaugh)
Singles "I Rock" (
Mush Records, 2010) "Home Movies" (self-released, 2012) (with Thirsty Fish)
Abstract Rude - "Thynk Eye Can (Blowedian Next Generation Mix)" from (2009) Rejuvenation
Nocando - "DSD2" from (2010) Jimmy the Lock
Busdriver - "Deer God" from (2010) Computer Cooties
Flash Bang Grenada - "In a Perfect World" from (2011) 10 Haters
Mega Ran - "Now Hiring" from Mega Ran 10 (2011)
Myka 9 & Factor - "5 Mikes" from (2012) Sovereign Soul Zilla Rocca - "Full Spectrum 2" from
Full Spectrum (2012) Busdriver - "Werner Herzog" from
Arguments with Dreams (2012)
Cars & Trains - "Stay Awake" from We Are All Storms (2012)
Sole - "Definition of Slave" from (2012) A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing Premrock & Willie Green - "Jogger" from
Premrock & Willie Green (2012)
Ras G - Kampala Blackouts (2012)
Random - "Super Move" from Language Arts Volume 2 (2012)
Illogic & Blockhead - "From Scratch" from Preparing for Capture 2 (2012) Curly Castro - "My Beloved" (2013)
Loden - "An Evening with Open Mike Eagle" from The Star-Eyed Condition (2013)
Milo - "The Otherground Pizza Party" from Things That Happen at Night (2013)
Kool A.D. - "Red Wine" from (2013) 63
Billy Woods - "Fool's Gold" from Dour Candy (2013) Steel Tipped Dove - "Hyperbolic Chamber Music II" (2013)
Gregory Pepper & Madadam - "Stirring Dead Leaves" from Big Huge Truck (2013) Factor - "Stone Cold" from
(2013) Woke Up Alone Armand Hammer - "New Museum" from
Race Music (2013)
MC Frontalot - "Much Chubbier" from Question Bedtime (2014) Megabusive w/ Awkward - "Apexes and Peaks" and "So Much" from
Hell on Hell (2014) Drummachinemike - "The Anti-Socialite's Theme Song", "Bowling Tips" and "The Kids Don't Like Me" from
Drum Machine Music (2014) Busdriver - "When the Tooth-lined Horizon Blinks" from
(2014) Perfect Hair Milo - "Objectifying Rabbits" from
A Toothpaste Suburb (2014)
Eligh - "Get Like Me" from 80 Hrtz (2015) Abstract Rude - "Kan of Whoop Ass Reprise" from
Keep the Feel: A Legacy of Hip Hop Soul (2015) L'Orange &
Kool Keith - "Meanwhile, Back Home" from Time? Astonishing! (2015) Memory Man - "Funtastic" from
Broadcast One (2015) Milo - "True Nen" from
(2015) So the Flies Don't Come
Blu & Fate - "Oblivia" from Open Your Optics to Optimism (2016) Factor Chandelier - "Dozer II" from
Factoria (2016) P.O.S - "Infinite Scroll" from
(2017) Chill, Dummy
Aesop Rock - "Syrup" from The Impossible Kid Deluxe Edition (2016) Uncommon Nasa - "Extra Lives" from
Written at Night (2017) Czarface - "Phantoms" from Czarface Meets Metalface (2018)
Compilation appearances "Silent Protest (A Modest Proposal)" on
Prometheus (2011)  "Celebrity Reduction Prayer" and "Dark Comedy Late Show" on Persona (2015) 
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