Dark Comedy cover

Dark Comedy


The L.A.-via-Chicago polymath who opened the decade with an album titled Unapologetic Art Rap nailed an even better self-descriptor with Dark Comedy: here’s a battle rapper who could’ve easily become a confessional writer or a stand-up but embodies the best elements of all three. He’s a pretty good singer, too; hearing his elastic flow snap from conversational deadpan or agitated recitations to contemplative melodies is one of the best tricks in the game. DIY-synth beats and Adventure Time namedrops lend it a certain organic geekiness, but Mike’s joints aren’t nerdcore — they’re just smart.

Nate Patrin

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