Open Mike Eagle Announces New 'Anime, Trauma and Divorce' Album

A collection of painful rap songs chronicling the artist’s worst year of his life.

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Chicago-born rapper Open Mike Eagle has announced the release of his first album in three years. Called Anime, Trauma and Divorce, the full-length project is slated to arrive in the fall through his own label, AutoReverse Records. To celebrate the announcement of the album, the 39-year-old artist shared a single titled “Bucciariati” featuring Kari Faux.

Throughout the album, OME navigates internal conflicts he has dealt with before the coronavirus outbreak, protest and other worldly crises. He touches on middle age depression as well as his failed marriage in a number of tracks. A description on OME’s website reads: “This is the sound of a broken man sifting through the pieces while trying to rebuild, the struggle to self-critique while practicing self-care. Do you disassociate by envisioning yourself as the lead in your favorite anime, or do you reflect on your headass behavior? Tattoos and beer or push-ups and smoothies?”

OME went on to express that the album chronicles a collection of incidents from what he describes as the worst year of his life: “Before the world went to shit I was already in the middle of a few personal crises,” the statement 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.”

The album includes features from fellow AutoReverse artist Video Dave and OME’s son. It was produced by Jacknife Lee who has worked with U2, REM and Two Door Cinema Club. The album is set to drop October 16. Listen to OME’s “Bucciariati” track featuring Kari Faux above.

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