There’s a lot of anxiety in the air today, as we await the results of a meeting between Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein is overseeing the probe into Russian/Trump campaign collusion and obstruction of justice, so many are speculating on where the probe goes if Rosenstein exits.
A few days ago, Open Mike Eagle, a Los Angeles based, underground rap artist who’s known for his comedic touch, released “Relatable (peak OME).” Which he described to Grungecake.com as:
“It’s too complicated for a quick explanation. It’s about a lot of things. It’s about expectations of form, anxiety, middle age and middle class. and that’s just the parts I know how to put into words a couple months after writing it.”
For me, “Relatable” has been exactly what I needed today. Along with Kairo’s “Rebuild,” which I wrote about earlier today. The reason is partially the settled vibe of the track, which opens with plodding synths played on an eighth note feel before OME says, “When I start getting nervous, say something relatable. I’m hella relatable.” Which has been true for me today.
He talks about cable cutting, intellectual cliches like wearing monocles, awkward social moments, irrational thoughts, feeling invisible, having a broken garbage disposal, and travelling internationally. Essentially, feeling divided against oneself. Trying to reconcile a public persona and the facts of one’s life. Because what is an individual if not divided among many confusing motives and personas that must be tied together post facto by whatever narrative we’ll believe others will believe?
Which for me, is hella relatable. And just heady enough, while being lighthearted, sarcastic, political, and honest enough to distract me from the darkness creeping in from the outside world. Take a listen here: