By Sean Lynch
Recommended Tracks: “Legendary Iron Hood” and “95 Radios”
For Open Mike Eagle, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream serves as a testament to the Robert Taylor Homes in the South Side of Chicago. Eagle takes a darker approach to it by taking it back to his roots within the community and his time growing up in the housing project. There are comedic aspects to the album, but they are rooted within the content. Without the antics of A Special Episode, the comedy
is found within the poetic verses of Eagle.
The single “Legendary Iron Hood” flows well with the jazzy beat and smooth flow from Eagle. Most of the tracks feel like a conversation between Eagle and listener. There is no rush to get through the song, he wants you to enjoy each line and the wit that he carries to the track.
With “95 Radios,” Eagle brings his vocals to the hook while Has-Lo brings his verses to the track. Has-Lo fits perfectly with the laid-back vibe as he slowly rolls through his bar. The simple drum beat pairs well with the synth twinkle that comes around at certain points in the song and at the hook.
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream gives perspective to the housing situation in Chicago. Eagle serves us some nostalgia and gives us a sense to what he went through during his time in the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago. While we may not know what it is like to be in that situation, Eagle’s ability as a writer shines through and gives perspective. Not comedic like earlier projects, but the sharp wit is still there, leaving thought to every verse.